SIFE To Combat Hunger, Improve Environment
The Emory & Henry chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has recently been awarded two grants totaling $1,500 to help fight regional hunger and improve environmental sustainability in Southwest Virginia.
SIFE serves as a global partnership between businesses and higher education. The organization helps develop educational outreach projects to inform others on the following issues: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and business ethics.
The first grant comes from the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company. The grant is a comprehensive hunger challenge that includes: raising awareness, translating awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger. The E&H SIFE team has the opportunity to win $500 for pledging and collecting more than 5,000 pounds of food.
The E&H SIFE team to date has received half of that money by collecting approximately 2,500 pounds of food for the Ecumenical Faith in Action food bank in Abingdon, Va. The group has conducted numerous canned food drives throughout the greater Emory area. SIFE students also plan to form community partnerships to conduct food drives toward the collection of the remaining 2,500 pounds over the next few months.
“We’ve had various people from multiple majors come in to the group, and it’s amazing what they come up with for projects and some of the ideas they have to implement them,” E&H SIFE chapter president Jaimie Van Antwerp said.
The second grant opportunity comes from Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. To obtain this $1,000 SIFE teams partner with Sam’s Club Associates to effectively empower Sam’s Business Members to employ environmentally sustainable practices in their facilities, operations and communities.
For this challenge, E&H students have partnered with the Johnson City Sam’s Club to provide an energy audit for the Tri-State Baptist Children’s Home in Bristol, Va. Students from SIFE and Professor Edward Davis’s Environmental Studies class will be working with the Washington Co., Va. chapter of People Inc. to identify areas where energy waste can be reduced. Students will use the audit to then make improvements at the children’s home. Once these improvements are in place, SIFE will measure the success of the energy changes.
“Students get real world experience through SIFE,” said Scott Ambrose, E&H SIFE advisor. “They learn to manage projects and deal with people in a real setting – for the good and the bad.”
SIFE students also are currently working on a project for the Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Abingdon, Va. Students will be completing more than $1,500 worth of repairs to a barn and fence at the center.
If you would like to donate to this project or the Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, you can do so by contacting Jaimie Van Antwerp at email@example.com.