From March 31 to April 3, 2014, five Carroll College students competed in Cincinnati, Ohio with over 200 Enactus teams from across the nation. Accompanied by faculty advisor Annette Ryerson, students Tyler Skidmore, Lauren Larsen, Justine Songey, Jenessa McElrath and Allie Reynolds formed the Enactus Carroll College team to compete in the 2014 Enactus U.S. National Competion. From each national competition one team was selected to represent their country at Enactus World Cup 2014 in Beijing, China.
Enactus Carroll has engaged in an incredibly productive year thus far, with ten active members and projects that have brought benefit to the students as well as both Helena and Carroll communities. Carroll Enactus will be competing based upon the outcomes of three grants they received during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Let's Can Hunger grant from Campbell's Soup Company was successfully fulfilled by collecting over 5,000 pounds of food for the Helena Food Share. Their most memorable day was the Super Bowl Food Drive Competition at Van's Thriftway in Helena.
Stepping up for Small Business grant was rewarded by Sam's Club and gave the students the opportunity to work with several women owned small businesses in the Helena community.
Finally, Walmart issued the Women's Economic Empowerment grant which gave the students the opportunity to form the foundation for a lasting relationship with Florence Crittenton.
Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus students leverage their classroom experience, the expertise of their faculty advisor and business advisory board, and the resources of their university to develop projects that empower people to live better lives.
Story and photo by Al Knauber, Helena IR
Shoppers at Van’s Thriftway on Saturday made a little extra space in their grocery carts to help Helena Food Share.
Members of the Carroll College Enactus club were standing inside the store and handing out fliers asking people if they would like to donate groceries to help feed the hungry.
The club is a worldwide organization with chapters in 36 countries and 1,600 universities, according to its website, and aims to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need through entrepreneurial efforts.
The food drive is being held through assistance of Campbell’s Soup Co., club members said. The drive is part of Let’s CAN Hunger, a nationwide program by the soup company that provided up to 100 Enactus clubs with $300 each to help with the food collection effort.
For this Carroll College student going to class and completing assignments isn't enough. Junior Tyler Skidmore has been the president of the Enactus club at Carroll College for the past year dedicating his weekends to hosting food drives to support the Helena food share and its clients.
"It actually gets you out in the community, you're learning to write grants, kind of business skills that take your classroom education and apply it to the community." Read the story and watch the video