La Verne’s Enactus Team Helps Renovate Pomona Valley Workshop

December 21, 2012 by University of La Verne

Many students wouldn’t give up a Saturday in the middle of finals to help someone else. But that’s exactly what students from University of La Verne’s Enactus club did along with other members of the community, December 8.

Members of Enactus, Pomona Rotary, La Verne Service Learning students and members of Pomona Valley Workshop’s Management Team and Board of Directors came together to help with projects ranging from installing blinds to landscaping, to help give PVW a facelift.

“I love the fact that this is involving students in service,” PVW Executive Director, Karen Jones said.

PVW, which serves more than 400 individuals with intellectual disabilities, is a non-profit that started in 1966 and the mission statement is, “to assist adults with disabilities reach their potential in vocational and socialization skills in order that they may achieve their highest level of employment and community integration.”

“We are using entrepreneurial skills in order to take action in our community and to help create a healthier society for all of us,” Junior Business Administration major and project manager, Jonathon Agee said.

Enactus, formerly known as SIFE, stands for Entrepreneurial action us and is a way for students to get more involved with the local community and one of the ways students got involved was at PVW.

Professor of Business Administration and PVW board member, Janis Dietz, said that La Verne’s relationship with PVW began eight years ago when her marketing class created a marketing plan for the organization.

After that class Jones started teaching the Core 305 class and students have been able to work with PVW.

“The challenges are great for people with developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation,” Dietz said.  I have a Down Syndrome nephew, so this is an important cause for me.”

Associate Professor of Management, Issam Ghazzawi who oversees Enactus, said that his was one of the greatest projects for them.

“We look for community projects to apply business knowledge and help the community,” Ghazzawi said.

“I cannot express enough, my appreciation to the La Verne community for their commitment to this very important community facility,” Dietz said.  “The activities I saw on Saturday and other times truly live La Verne’s mission.”

Vice President of Enactus and Senior Business Administration Major, Melissa Gutierrez said they are just trying to give back.

“I’m really happy to see so many Enactus members come out,” Gutierrez said. “It’s not just benefiting the business, but the people here.”

“We have a concept of a head for business, but a heart for the world,” President of Enactus and Junior Business Administration Major Oseas Chavaqe said.


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