The HUB helps Millersville University students fight campus hunger and provides a sense of community to the entire MU campus.
By: Kayla Young
The HUB is a division of the First United Methodist Church on Millersville University’s Campus. The goal of the HUB is to help serve the Millersville University students by minimizing campus hunger, to help build a sense of community, and to increase spirituality on the MU campus. The HUB supplies MU students with fully prepared meals twice, every week. Whether a student has a declining meal plan balance, or no meal plan at all, all students can stop by before or after classes and eat a free meal provided by the HUB. All of the HUB’s meals are freshly prepared and cost MU students no money at all. An infamous HUB meal that the students love is the French toast that they serve every Friday. The HUB’s french toast is so popular, the Hub renames every Friday “French Toast Friday”. The HUB also collects nonperishables to store in the campus cupboard. The campus cupboard located in the HUB accepts donations of any kind of nonperishable items. They then allow MU students to grocery shop in the cupboard and allow them take bags of nonperishable foods for free!
The HUB at Millersville University also aims to provide a source of community to the Millersville campus. The HUB is specially designed with 3 unique rooms that students can socialize, eat, and fellowship in. These rooms include: The HUB Café, The Think Tank, and the HUB Living Room. The HUB Cafe is a great place to grab a snack or coffee in between classes. The HUB café also hosts open mic nights open to the entire campus in its café too! Musicians of all sorts are able to participate in these open mic nights in the café, and are encouraged to bring their friends. The HUB’s “Think Tank” is designed for study sessions and doing homework. In the Think Tank’s unique fish bowl shape, students love to get their school work done and often see it as a change of scenery in some cases. Plus, the HUB’s living room allows students to destress and play video and board games. The HUB’s living room includes a variety of comfy seating and is a great place for students to socialize at. Lastly, the HUB includes its very own chapel! The HUB’s chapel allows students to have a place to pray, meditate, read and fellowship amongst each other. This chapel is open to all MU students. The chapel even stays open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and even includes its own outside prayer garden!
The HUB also aims to build leadership on MU’s campus. The HUB offers a variety of bible studies, mentor sessions, and leadership trainings to students that are interested. Students are encouraged to speak to one of the HUB’s missionaries and to join the different outreach programs that the HUB offers, so they can expand on their leadership skills and biblical knowledge.
The HUB has made a huge positive impact to the hunger and sense of community that takes place on the Millersville University campus. From serving French toast every Friday, giving out nonperishable food to those in need, and by providing safe and welcoming environments for the MU students, and to helping students expand their leadership skills, The HUB reflects a hand of provision and assistance to the entire MU campus.MU Students can stop by the HUB during its office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00am until 4:00pm, and 9:00am until 1:00pm for more information on the HUB.
|Average # of Students who come to Free Lunch Thursday||75|
|Number of Students who visit the Campus Cupboard Pantry over the past 5 years||8400|
|Number of Students who have Volunteered/Served at the HUB||>70|
|Number of Free Meals served to Students||>6000|
|Pounds of Food distributed to Students each Week||>400|
The Campus Closet
The Campus Closet was established in 2019 by the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Services. The purpose of the Campus Closet is to provide Millersville University students with professional attire for things such as interviews and professional work experiences. All the clothes are provided by community members and include a variety of sizes. The Campus closet is open to all MU students, Monday-Friday, from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.Students can schedule an appointment, drop off donations,or walk-in the Campus Closet during these times. The Campus Closet can be reached at 717-584-4204 for more information.
French Toast Friday
The HUB hosts many events throughout the week to provide a sense of community to the Millersville University campus. A campus favorite is “French Toast Friday”. Many students gather on Friday nights to socialize and enjoy homemade french toast together. French Toast Fridays occasionally include music performances and even spoken word. The goal of French Toast Fridays is to provide Millersville students with a warm meal, opportunity to socialize, and to provide Millersville students with a fun and safe environment on Friday nights. MU students can link up at French Toast Fridays, every Friday night at 9pm to 12am.
The Campus Cupboard
The HUB at Millersville University is where Millersville University students can find the Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard was established in 2012 as an initiative of the United Campus Ministries,who then teamed up with Millersville University. The Campus Cupboard was designed to be a food pantry for Millersville students. Students can choose from canned goods and other donated foods like canned tomatoes, ravioli, macaroni and cheese,pasta, and more! The Campus Cupboard also gives away hygiene products such as body soaps and toothpaste. Those interested in the Campus Cupboard can stop by The HUB from 12pm-9pm, Monday-Friday, or on Saturdays from 9am-12pm.The Campus Cupboard can also be contacted at 717-723-9496 for more information.
The HUB Chapel
The HUB at Millersville University provides MU students with a 24 hour, seven days a week chapel.The HUB’s chapel includes multiple church pews, bibles,a chaplain ,and even has a prayer request board in it too! The HUB’s chapel was designed to provide Millersville students with an opportunity to begin,expand,or maintain their spirituality and is a place for improving spirituality on campus. The HUB’s chapel offers a peaceful and quiet environment and most importantly, ALL Millersville University students are welcome. The HUB emphasizes that Millersville students are encouraged to use this chapel WHENEVER they need to.