Throughout the year, students, faculty and staff at Minnesota School of Business celebrate the “We Care” philosophy and the importance of giving back to our community through applied and service learning projects and volunteer events. Each May, all campuses in our network of colleges close their doors to observe Community Service Day, a concentrated effort at getting staff and faculty on all campuses involved in their local communities.
Faculty and staff at the Lakeville campus of Minnesota School of Business celebrated the seventh annual Community Service Day by volunteering with Majestic Hills Ranch, a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic riding programs focused on military veterans, children and young adults with special needs. There were even a few students who volunteered their time to join in the efforts.
During the experience, the group worked on a variety of projects, from raking and cleaning out the ranch’s hay barn to clearing out the goat and chicken pens. Others worked on clearing brush and wood from the ranch or power washed the ranch supplies and equipment. Due to the rain we were unable to paint the facility as planned, but the painting materials were donated to the ranch to be used at a later date.
“Majestic Hills Ranch is a great organization that provides a wonderful service to the community,” said Kira Gallagher, associate campus director and dean of faculty. “It is amazing how much work it takes to run a farm, so I know that our hard work made things just a bit easier for the ranch this week.”
As great as it was to give back to a local nonprofit, the experience also offered a unique team-building opportunity for our faculty and staff. Each of the projects required several people to work together in order to be successful.
Following the projects, the Majestic Hills Ranch staff provided our group with lunch, catered by Subway.
“I had a good time on Community Service Day because we were helping out a place in the local community that we have partnered with and support,” said Cindy Frid-Hennes, enrollment coordinator and administrative assistant. “I also had a lot of fun seeing and petting all of the different animals.”
In addition to the service our faculty, staff and students provided, the Lakeville campus also made a $500 donation to Majestic Hills Ranch, which will go toward the riding programs the organization offers.
“I never knew that cleaning a goat pen and pitchforking hay could be so much fun,” said Shelley Felicilda, admissions representative. “The whole experience was ‘out-of-the-box’ and it felt great to give our time to the ranch. Plus, it’s the first time I have ever eaten Subway with horses.”
Additional photos can be found on the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville Facebook page.