The Cheesiest Fundraiser on Campus

Satisfy hunger and your conscience with grilled cheese from She’s the First

Who knew gorging on gourmet grilled cheese could help change the world? It’s the ultimate win-win.

On March 10, the student group She’s the First (STF) served up some comfort food during their fundraiser aptly titled “Cheese the First,” a campus-wide grilled cheese delivery hotline.

Illustrator: Kellen Renstrom

Illustrator: Kellen Renstrom

She’s the First is a budding non-profit organization that advocates for young women’s rights and educational opportunities with the help of college students across the nation.

The University of Minnesota chapter of STF has been passionately fighting and fundraising for the past two years. In their short time on campus, the chapter has had tremendous philanthropic success, their most popular fundraisers being the one at hand as well as “Bake a Change.”

Cheese the First was the brainchild of the Minnesota chapter when they first arrived on campus, and it has since grown to become their trademark.

Just last semester, the chapter shattered their goals during Cheese the First by raising enough money to provide the education for four different girls across the globe. Tigist in Ethiopia, Rose in the Gambia, Keerthara in India, and Hima in Nepal are now hard at work in school making their dreams a reality because of the group’s efforts.

Just last semester, the chapter shattered their goals during Cheese the First by raising enough money to provide the education for four different girls across the globe.

“It’s heartwarming knowing that what we do on campus has a real life impact on young girls’ lives,” said Hannah Grunewald, the chapter’s president. She added that the most rewarding aspect of STF is seeing photos and hearing stories of the girls the organization sponsors.

“In a sense, we get to be a part of their lives, and seeing our impact is what really motivates us,” Grunewald said.

She’s the First meets every other Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Coffman Room 325, and they always welcome new members.