Hattiesburg, Miss., October 30, 2013 - Twenty-eight business majors and three faculty members from William Carey University participated in Make a Difference Week October 22-25. The School of Business partnered with Volunteer Hattiesburg to serve as site coordinators for six homes in the Hattiesburg area affected by the February 10 tornado. Also, the organizations Gamma Chi and Pi Omega sponsored a car wash on campus to raise money for tornado victims. Students attended the Petal Fall Festival, as well, to collect funds for Recovering the Pine Belt, and some students assisted in the renovation of a damaged home.
“The School of Business project with Volunteer Hattiesburg was organized by WCU student Jeremiah Lindley, and he worked closely with the organization’s director Dena Parker to make sure that volunteers were trained and available at all sites,” said Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the WCU School of Business. “I am impressed that he was able to recruit so many students to assist with this important project.”
Emily Sheckells, director of student activities, helped Gamma Chi and Pi Omega organize the car wash on campus to raise money for tornado victims, and also encouraged WCU faculty, staff, and students to eat at Raising Canes during Make a Difference Week while they were donating a portion of sales to R3SM, the local recovery agency.
“I think the students became aware of the needs in the Hattiesburg area through participation in Make a Difference Week and realized how they could impact others through community service,” said Dr. Dale.