2011 Highlights: 700 colleges take part in the ONE Campus Challenge

Each day this week, we’ll highlight a major accomplishment in the fight against poverty that ONE members helped achieve in 2011. Today, ONE’s OCC coordinator Mike Fazzino discusses our ONE Campus Challenge.

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For our fifth year of the ONE Campus Challenge, students around the nation didn’t disappoint. More than 700 colleges participated in the challenge, and its ONE members put their powerful voices to work. Through creative challenges, college students, professors, alumni and friends joined together and urged political leaders to support smart and effective programs that save lives. So what did we accomplish?

Over the course of four exciting challenges, we logged more than 1,000 phone calls, nearly 2,000 letters, and more than 1,300 photo petitions. We engaged members of Congress 47 times, spoke with every major Republican candidate for president, recruited thousands of new ONE supporters, and doubled our social media following. And that’s just the beginning.

We couldn’t have done it without our 112 campus leaders and the thousands of ONE Campus supporters in colleges and universities in every state. While the University of Florida won the grand prize to travel with ONE to the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, we’re not stopping there. Starting in January, we’ll relaunch the campus challenge with an all-new chance to win a spot on the same trip. Get started on our website. We’re looking forward to the holiday break, but believe that we’ll be back on campus in January to hit the ground running.