To celebrate Giving Tuesday (GivingCuseDay on campus) and the spirit of giving, Syracuse University‘s Martin J. Whitman of Management is highlighting how some of the student organizations give back to the community during the year.

This fall, the Whitman Student Government hosted the first ever Whitman Gives Back event, sponsored by the CNY Alumni Club. Whitman students offered a day of service to local charities including the Salvation Army and The Rescue Mission. 

“It was an opportunity for the Whitman community to come together and give back to their Syracuse counterparts for the day,” said Lauren Knafo, president of the Whitman Student Government.

More than 155 students and faculty volunteered their Friday to help local organizations.

Students working at a local charity for Whitman Gives Back.
Students working at a local charity for Whitman Gives Back.

WeThrive is an entrepreneurship mentoring program that works with middle school-aged students from the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse. Mentors are in teams of eight and assist groups of 20 students. The mentors teach life skills through entrepreneurship and help them adopt habits to achieve their goals and definition of success.

“It’s eye-opening to learn to teach entrepreneurship as a life skill and realize that it is a way to boost confidence and show that these kids are capable of success,” said Amanda Leonard, chapter co-president. “It’s so rewarding to see them work through their business and it’s inspiring to hear what their goals are and their drive to give back to their own communities.”

Whitman is also home to Enactus, a social entrepreneurship organization with over 100 members who work on various projects. One of the projects, Team Guatemala, funds scholarships for impoverished Mayan girls. This semester the team is growing the business to business initiative with personalized luggage tags. Each luggage tag is handmade and one order can keep an entire weaving group busy for a month. Orders have already come from Paypal and Synchrony Financial. Enactus has sold over 2,000 luggage tags this past year.

The professional business fraternity, Xi Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi has raised over $2,000 this semester. All the proceeds from the fifth annual Cuse vs Cancer and an Insomnia fundraiser were donated to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, which helps underprivileged Central New York youth battling cancer. Outside of running, each semester the brotherhood partners with the American Red Cross for a blood drive.

“Every semester we collect around 60 to 70 donations, and every donation can save up to three lives, ” said Mike Leo, volunteer co-chair.

Cuse vs Cancer Color Run with DSP
Cuse vs Cancer Color Run with DSP

Next semester the students are planning to finish the screening and fingerprinting process to become volunteers at the VA Hospital.

How will you give back?


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