The MS in Technology Management (TechMan) program at George Mason University School of Management did more this past December than focus on just their exams, they worked together to supply meals for 75 families in the Washington, D.C., area.
Michael Valmont, the Class of 2011 Class Representative, suggested to his fellow classmates that they should donate $145 from their student fund, calling it “TECHMAN Giving Back.” The class was overjoyed with the idea and very supportive. One email later, sent to inform his classmates of the total donation amount, and within three days, 22 TechMan students and five professors donated additional funds to raise a total of $2,175, which feeds approximately 300 people (75 families).
When asked what spurred him to suggest this, Valmont said, “As leaders in our community, we have a social responsibility to create a better community and to help those less fortunate reach their full potential. We are students, parents, leaders, and more importantly people that care about enhancing our lives and those within our community.”
The money was donated to Washington, D.C.’s Bread for the City. Bread for the City offers low-income residents in the Washington, D.C., area with food, clothing, medical care, legal advice and representation, and social services.
And this is just the beginning. TechMan’s Class of 2011 has plans to continue “TECHMAN Giving Back” throughout the year, and is currently working on their next endeavor. They hope that it giving back become part of the TechMan culture for future classes as well.
Valmont thanked his fellow contributors last month by saying, “Giving to those that are less fortunate is a special gift that goes well beyond a monetary contribution. For a moment in time, our contribution will allow someone to focus on a positive experience with their family and/or those around them. We may not be able to change the world, but for a moment in time we changed our community.”
To learn more about the MS in Technology Management program at George Mason University School of Management, visit som.gmu.edu/techman.