Alliance YWCA Named Recipient of $1,000 Public Service Grant Through UMU Class
May 16, 2016
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Students in a University of Mount Union Senior Capstone Seminar, a part of the University’s Integrative Core, were recently tasked with writing public service grants for Alliance-area nonprofits with the theme of “Modern Heroes.”
Eight groups of students wrote grants as part of a three-round selection process for the class, with the winning group’s organization receiving a $1,000 grant funded by the University’s Regula Center for Public Service’s Pay it Forward program.
The winning group, comprised of Will Yobi, of Canfield, Ohio, Jordan Warrick, of East Liverpool, Ohio, Tré Jones, of Twinsburg, Ohio and Rose Aldo, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, wrote their grant for the Alliance YWCA.
The course had two sections, one taught by Dr. Keith Miller, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and one by Dr. Rodney Dick, associate professor of English and writing and Director of the Integrative Core at Mount Union.
The Integrative Core at Mount Union is a collection of foundational courses that ensure a well-rounded educational experience. It consists of a first-year seminar, foundation courses from humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and the arts, theme courses based on foundation ideas and the capstone. BestColleges.com has cited the program as the 11th best integrative studies programs in the nation.
“This problem-solving experience prepares students to draw upon their entire education for life beyond college,” said Miller. “Students told me that even though the project was difficult at times, the end result and impact on the community was worth the effort.”
The purpose of their grant was to help Alliance-area women throughout the community in helping them gain employment for those who struggle due to prior circumstances. The grant will go towards professional clothing and skills training for job interviews, along with transportation help to where the interviews may occur around the community.
“[The most rewarding part of the class was] definitely seeing how much the YWCA appreciated us helping them,” said Aldo. “The women who work there spend so much time helping the Alliance community, it was awesome to help them in return.”
“Not only will it help me in the grant writing aspect, but it also showed me that I can make an impact on any city I'm in as long as I continue my passion for community service,” said Yobi.
The purpose of Pay it Forward is to develop philanthropists through a course-based service-learning environment. The funds come from the University’s annual Trash to Treasure sale that takes place each May.
For more information about Pay it Forward or other service-based initiatives at Mount Union, contact Abby Honaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.