Every year, the Minnesota School of Business dedicates one day to focused community service that underscores the school’s We Care philosophy and commitment to giving back to the community. All full-time faculty and staff participate as well as adjunct faculty and student volunteers. This year, MSB-St. Cloud asked the question: what if it weren’t just one day? What if we extended into the community for an entire week?
The answer: over 50 staff, 16 students and approximately 195 community members–thus far–engaged in building community connections through numerous far-reaching activities and events on multiple sites.
On Friday, May 18th, a crew of MSB volunteers worked with St. Cloud city employees at Lake George, weeding flower beds, filling the paver sidewalks with sand grout, restoring trails and moving 10 tens of rock to the lake shoreline.
Across the river in Sauk Rapids, other volunteers helped the Good Shepherd Community celebrate Careers in Aging Week by leading an Inventors Fair and hosting The Price is Right Game Show. They also assisted residents to and from their rooms or apartments to the activities and dining.
Meanwhile, back on campus, MSB presented a series of free workshops to the public. There was a Displaced Workers Seminar which targeted those who have been seeking employment for some time; customer service and leadership training for employers and business alliance partners; career readiness workshops for two local high schools; and massage and medical hands-on workshops for the North Junior High “Sci-Gals” program.
Finally, Joseph Bazan, Paralegal Program Chair at St. Cloud and Elk River campuses, presented at the Minnesota Paralegal Association Annual Convention in Minnetonka.
Staff, community members and students all agreed that the MSB Gives Back effort was outstanding!
Regarding Good Shepherd, Gary Sklenar (a.k.a. Bob Barker, Jr.) commented, “the audience truly appreciated the activity, were engaged and active participants, and they laughed at my jokes. There were many smiling faces in attendance, from the Good Shepherd staff, the residents and the MSB volunteers. It was a big undertaking, but it came off well, with everyone doing their part to make sure everything ran smoothly. I heard many ‘thank you’s’ and a lot of laughter that day.”
Jenny Zimmer, Volunteer Coordinator at Good Shepherd agreed, “the residents loved it!”
And there is more to come as MSB Gives Back stretches into this week with free dance lessons and Warrior Resource Day on Wednesday, May 23rd for all veterans and their family members.
There isn’t any doubt . . . MSB has something to offer everyone! And it wears its We Care attitude in neon colors!