One of the biggest things that forms an ingrained part of the MBA program here at Fisher is developing a sense of responsibility of giving back to the society. The faculty and the staff make sure they lead by example by continuously involving themselves in events such as Pelotonia, Fisher 5K, and Fisher Follies in an effort to raise money for charitable purposes. Along with the academic excellence, such a commitment forms the core of the values instilled by Fisher to the students.
Inspired, I participated last week in Fisher’s Community Service Day. This is an annual volunteering event organized by FisherServes, a graduate student organization committed to promoting awareness towards civil and social responsibilities. Community Service Day is celebrated to help and support the local Columbus communities by making small contributions in their day to day working and showing our appreciation and patronage to these communities.
This year the event was in partnership with The Huntington National Bank. The day started with the keynote speech by Steven Fields, President of The Huntington Foundation, who emphasized upon the mutual benefits that the community as well as the volunteers reap by participating in such activities. He mentioned that the camaraderie and bonding that such an event establish among individuals in an important take away that corporations have. This year there were six projects on which the students participated:
1. Mid – Ohio Food Bank: Helping by preparing newsletter to help spread a word about the cause.
2. Faith Mission Homeless Shelter: Helping by harvesting and maintaining community garden from where all food harvested goes towards feeding the homeless.
3. Animal Shelter: Helping by taking care of pets, cleaning their shelter, and doing various other associated tasks.
4. YWCA: Helping by organizing donations for building a women’s shelter.
5. Four Seasons City Farm: Helping the community by harvesting plants for the urban garden. Food harvested from the farm went to benefit food banks and/or homeless shelters.
6. Ronald McDonald House: Cleaning the common areas of this organization which provides housing for families that have to temporarily relocate to Columbus so that their children can receive medical care.
I participated in the Mid-Ohio Food Bank which is a non-profit organization working for more than 32 years towards obtaining food from potential donors and distributing it to the needy individuals and communities. Here I, along with the team of OSU students, helped prepare newsletter which were to be distributed across Columbus to spread the word and awareness about the organization and the cause it works for.
In the words of Steven Fields, these events not only help the communities but also help the individuals and corporations volunteering towards the noble cause. He mentioned about the ‘collective impact’ that a group can have on these communities and that was exactly what we realized working there. Overall the event gave me a productive and purposeful break from the rigor of the MBA.
Looking forward to more of such opportunities!