WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College business students recently worked together to complete a variety of service-learning projects for area non-profit organizations.
Under the direction of Dr. Neil Boyd, assistant professor of management, students formed consulting groups tasked with hosting awareness events and fundraisers for local organizations. The semester-long projects were a part of Boyd's management and organizational behavior course. The groups shared their experiences during on-campus presentations Dec. 10.
"I created these projects a few years ago so that our business students would have an opportunity to learn management skills in the field and then bring them back to the classroom for reflection and learning in a comparative way with the concepts, models and theories from the field of management," said Boyd. "In addition, I created the projects so that business students could see community needs first-hand in the hope that they would give back to their communities in the future through philanthropy, time and service, or employment in the non-profit sector."
Six student consulting groups paired with six local organizations:
Agape Consulting worked with the Salvation Army. Their Breakfast with Santa project was held Dec. 4 and raised $373.06 for the Santa Fund, which aids local families during the holidays.
"Although the project could be challenging at times, the chance to work directly with a non-profit organization was awesome," said Brooke Gessner, member of the Agape Consulting group. "The class allowed us an opportunity to put what we learned to the test in real-world situations while helping the community."
Lead the Way Consulting paired with the American Rescue Workers to conduct a clothing drive and silent auction Nov. 19 to benefit the Saving Grace Shelter. The group received $9,068.25 in clothing donations for the American Rescue Workers thrift store. An additional $495 was raised from a silent auction and raffle.
Top Notch Consulting worked alongside the Lycoming County SPCA. The group invited the community to have "Holiday Pet Pictures" taken Nov. 18 and 20 and Dec. 3-4, raising $856.
Cliff Enterprise worked with Journey House, in coalition with the Family Housing Alliance of Williamsport and the New Covenant United Church of Christ, to host the third anniversary of the Journey House. All money raised went to benefit families involved in the Project Breakthrough program. The group raised $1,125.
E.F.G. Consulting partnered the Little League Museum to host a night for area Girl Scouts, complete with team-building exercises and opportunities to earn patches. Collectively, the group raised $729 for the Little League Museum and $350 for Little League International.
Kaleidoscope Consulting was paired with AIDS Resource Alliance. The group sponsored "A Night for AIDS Resource" on Nov. 13 at the Cell Block in downtown Williamsport. The event raised $583.25 in funds for AIDS Resource and spread awareness of the disease and its prevention.
Holiday Pet Photos