Operation Smile’s goal is to provide community service, fundraise to send students on mission trips and raise awareness throughout campus. They provide cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries on international mission trips.
Ryan Cody, the founder and president of Operation Smile at UNC, requested money for the conferences and mission training workshops, a necessary component for students to go on mission trips.
Sophomore Student Congress representative Aidan Hennessy said this money originally added up to nearly $20,000, but Cody allowed Student Congress to cut the funding in half.
Operation Smile at UNC has made a large amount of money through fundraising, but this money all goes towards future surgeries. Money for travel is not raised through the fundraisers.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in the last three years, and we look forward to keeping that trend going,” Cody said. “We need help from Student Finance Committee and Congress to help us with that.”
To cut down the cost of travel, Student Congress decided that individuals who are attending the mission training workshop will also attend the international student leadership conferences.
“In (finance) committee, we wanted to get the most cost-effective solution possible and then bring it before Congress and say ‘with us maximizing our money, does this make sense?’” Student Congress representative Craig Amasya said.
Amasya said the funding granted to Operation Smile was to promote leadership development.