Did you know that every year Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) takes a day to perform acts of service in our community? Well, we do, along with all of our sister schools in the Globe Education network.
This year we volunteered at two organizations: Village Shores Senior Community and Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Chanhassen. Village Shores offers senior apartments and assisted living to senior citizens in the heart of Richfield, while FMSC is a nonprofit charity whose mission is to feed starving children across the globe.
At Village Shores, staff and faculty gathered with residents to participate in a singalong. Internet Marketing Chair Richard Grossman dusted off his guitar and learned some new “oldies” while Director of Career Services Liz Ashantiva (and known chanteuse) led the group in song.
Liz said that she had fun interacting with the residents. “We all enjoyed singing and visiting with them about their lives. Our annual Community Service Day shows that we are committed to not just helping our students but our broader community,” she stated.
Business Program Chair Jason Kriegel also enjoyed the experience. He said, “We enjoyed the stories from the seniors. The atmosphere was engaging, and the residents were very appreciative and had fun with us—it was meaningful. Our Community Service Day means community involvement; it means being a transformative citizen—[this year] transformed the way we viewed the elderly. We used dialogue in a positive manner to learn from one another.”
“I enjoyed the one-on-one time,” said Associate Director of Career Services Diana Welter. “It was fun to talk to the residents and find out what life was like before all of the technology we have today. The most interesting thing I took away was when she was growing up, she had no refrigerator so they had to can all of their food, including meat,” she stated. “The residents were delighted that we came. Our day of service helps our community and shows that we care,” Diana concluded.
Game and application development instructor Ashley Godbold had this to say about her visit: “I enjoyed chatting with the residents—they have had such long and interesting lives. They said they enjoyed talking to us. Our Community Service Day sends a positive message that we are involved.”
Involved we are: with our students and with our community.
Stay tuned for next week’s post on our Feed My Starving Children visit!