Students Work With Area Non-profit Organizations

Alfred State College students enrolled in the baccalaureate-level human services management program worked in teams with area non-profit organizations to develop prototype fundraising plans for each organization. Dr. Gary Lounsberry developed and taught Grants, Contracts, and Organizational Advancement, an inaugural course in the recently established human services management program.

The three area organizations which participated during the fall 2009 semester were the Allegany County Foundation for the Aging, the Hornell Concern for Youth, and the Whitesville Ambulance Corps.

In collaboration with the organizations’ boards and administration, student teams developed a comprehensive fundraising plan that included a direct mail campaign, a signature charity event, and a grant proposal. The team working with the Aging Foundation initiated a further collaboration with the ASC Web programming course taught by Assistant Professor Evan Enke to develop a Web site for the Foundation. The human services students designed the content and the computer students designed the Web site and found a host for the site.

Each team presented its organization with a final package that included the complete plans and the prototype documents in printed and digital formats that the organizations can modify as they wish.

The Aging Foundation student team included Michelle Crawford, Wellsville; Kristina Cumberbatch, Alfred Station; Amber Greene, Belmont; Christina Kinnicutt, Wellsville; and Angiline Palmiter, Wellsville. The Hornell Concern for Youth team included Stacey Bennett, Arkport; Alicia Burger, Hornell; Joshua Hoffman, Hornell; and Barbara Smith, Almond.  The Whitesville Ambulance Corps team included Meghan Chace, Hornell; Deborah Howe, Whitesville; Maelynn Johnson, Rochester; and Heather Schwan, Arcade.