Enactus UH Receives $8,000 in Grants to Help Community, Rockwell Career Center
Combining entrepreneurial spirit with philanthropy, students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business student organization Enactus UH received $8,000 in grants to help the Houston Furniture Bank and a Rockwell Career Center project that matches students with professional interviewing attire.
The student group was awarded the funds to further their entrepreneurial efforts to help the community by three groups – The Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership, sponsored by Wal-Mart; The Grainger Foundation and the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant program.
The Bauer organization chose the Houston Furniture Bank as its client, with the goal of developing a student-run furniture business called NimbleRent to create a revenue stream for the furniture bank and to educate managers and employees about business using web-powered platforms.
“Enactus UH has worked with the furniture bank for over a year, organizing marketing campaigns, re-branding efforts, furniture drives and more,” said entrepreneurship and MIS junior Jp Dowling, the student organization’s president. “Last year we won second place out of a hundred teams in the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant competition, but we knew we could do more to help the furniture bank, and so we applied for the same grant to assist them again this year.”
The organization also received a $5,000 grant from The Grainger Foundation on behalf of Bauer College’s Rockwell Career Center to improve and actualize the Suit Closet Program.
“The RCC provides to students who need suits on short notice for job interviews,” Dowling added. “Enactus UH will help the RCC build the program using the grant money so that more students can be served with a higher quality of service, including improved facilities, more suits in more sizes and a dry-cleaning fund to keep them crisp.”
Students interested in joining Enactus can visit www.enactusuh.org.
By Amanda Sebesta
Enactus Grants By the Numbers
The Grainger Foundation
Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Partnership, sponsored by Wal-Mart
Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business grant program