Community non-profits reap benefits of Eller College volunteers
By volunteering at Tucson organizations students learn that benevolence has an impact on quality of life.
TUCSON, Ariz. – NOVEMBER 29, 2005 – Ranging from silly to downright dangerous, student shenanigans litter the news. Many college students, however, choose a high road for their leisure hours. In early December, over 250 local business students will descend upon the community to work on projects ranging from painting and organizing cans of food to boxing books or assisting in the preparation of business plans.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management will fan out across Tucson during the fourth annual Eller College Philanthropy Day, Saturday, Dec. 3. Members of the Eller community will reach out to 18 non-profit organizations during the five-hour volunteer-fest, knowing that their time and effort will make a difference in the lives of many people in need.
While the event’s primary focus is helping meet community needs, Philanthropy Day also strengthens relationships among students, faculty, staff, and the community, Eller junior, Melissa Howell, explains. “As a freshman, this was my first time participating in an Eller-sponsored event," Howell said. "My positive experience led me to become more involved in leadership opportunities with the College over the past two years.”
Eller senior, Nick Campagna, found that volunteerism is a win-win activity. During his sophomore year, he spent Philanthropy Day serving on a student advisory board assigned to help World Care with its business plan, but then went on to spend several weeks independently writing and then publishing the organization’s annual report. At the same time he was providing a benefit to World Care, he gained real-world personal business experience.
Volunteer opportunities with a diverse array of local non-profits await the volunteers. Our Town Family Center, A Place to Call Home, Casa de los Niños, A Blissful Care Home, and World Care are among the 18 organizations that will benefit from this year’s event. The Community Food Bank has requested the greatest number of volunteers, asking for more than 50 students to prepare for the demands of the coming holidays.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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