Clutch for Cause Links Single Parents with Critical Assistance

Posted by on July 22, 2011

Research prompts Global Citizenship students to recommend resource fair

Four Global Citizenship students at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth aided a local nonprofit by researching the validity of hosting a resource fair for single parents.

Clutch for Cause, a central clearinghouse of support services specifically for single parents, was founded in 2009 by Amy Wollmuth, single parent and graduate of Minnesota School of Business.

“This issue was very important to work on because there are a lot of single parents in the area that are probably in need of some assistance, but don’t know where they can get that assistance,” said student Chris Montague. “This project strengthened my understanding of community because I realized how much [people] can accomplish when they work together toward a common cause like we did on this project.”

The students conducted a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) to determine whether holding a single parent resource fair would be feasible for Clutch for Cause. They considered issues such as fair attendance and participation by resource organizations. Throughout the research process, they gained firsthand knowledge of the challenges single parents face.

The class concluded the strengths and opportunities of holding a resource fair outweighed the weaknesses and threats.

“The SWOT analysis completed by Global Citizenship students was very beneficial to Clutch,” Wollmuth said. “The students presented me with unlimited information for organizing a single parent resource fair, as well as beneficial information for single parents. Their hard work has already been put to good use with Clutch.”

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