Minnesota School of Business-Online student, Samantha Jones, is well versed in volunteering for the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Having participated in several site builds, the Master of Business Administration student felt the Habitat for Humanity organization would be a perfect fit for her Service Learning project.
The Service Learning concept is used throughout the Minnesota School of Business-Online (MSB) degree programs, so when it came time to start thinking about where Samantha could apply her classroom skills, she turned to the new program within the Habitat for Humanity organization called ReStore. Essentially this subdivision of the Habitat organization collects, rebuilds, and resells new or gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The profits that are generated from this subdivision go right back into the Habitat for Humanity organization by providing funds to build homes, community, and hope both locally and around the world.
Samantha decided the best place to start working on her project would be to consult with the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity executive director, Rob Rich. After discussing some areas where Rob thought Habitat could benefit from Samantha’s project, they both settled on the topic of ethics.
Samantha quickly learned that the ReStore program is only in select areas and has not been included in any of the Habitat for Humanity’s rules and ethical conduct guidelines. That’s when Samantha decided to take on the project of creating an ethical standard for employees and volunteers working within the ReStore program.
After some research in the MSB online library, Samantha quickly identified seven ethical guidelines that would take into consideration each of the three main groups working in or around the ReStore program. Using these seven guidelines, Samantha crafted a brochure that could be used in the training of new employees and volunteers.
When asked to reflect on her service learning project, Samantha said, “The service learning project taught me that many of us take ethics for granted. Most of us have the same ethics, but ethics can vary depending on your culture, age, race, income and religion. For an organization to be successful, all members on the team need to understand the same ethics and have the desire to follow these ethics.”
If you’d like to learn more about the service learning component within the Minnesota School of Business-Online curriculum, visit us on the web here: http://www.msbcollege.edu/about-us/community/service-learning/ .