ANC’s Business Club Helps Students in NeedAug 20th, 2015 | By rbishop | Category: 27-1: Tribal College Communities, Tribal College News
Aaniiih Nakoda College’s (ANC’s) American Indian Business Leaders Club is working to help out students in need. Just this year the club raised funds to establish a student food bank. Greg Drummer, a business instructor at ANC and the club’s advisor, says that in the past he had noticed that some students have crises while attending college, including transportation needs, a lack of gas money, car maintenance issues, inadequate clothing, or even a more basic need—food. Members of the college’s business club therefore called a meeting and resolved to establish a student food bank.
“We knew of students in need that would perhaps quit school because of their need,” Drummer says. “We consider our efforts part of the retention effort. Some students do get help from relatives and friends but some don’t have that kind of support.”
Business club members have been raising funds throughout the year with raffles and by selling coffee and donuts on “Donut Thursdays.” They have succeeded in raising $1,200 to date. Employing their business acumen and skills, the club purchased roughly $1,500 worth of food for $500. The food bank has proven helpful to fellow students in a time of need. “Many are surprised by how much food we give them,” Drummer notes. “It’s not just macaroni and cheese, it’s soups, pastas, canned vegetables, sauces, sauce and gravy mixes, skillet dinners, etc.”
The club will continue to have more fundraisers throughout the following school year. Those interested in making a contribution to the American Indian Business Leaders Club can contact Greg Drummer at ANC.