Graduate Business Students take the Community Plunge

8.26.2009 General, News Release, School News

The Wake Forest University Schools of Business closed out Orientation with the annual Community Plunge, a day of service that introduces Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) students to nonprofit volunteer opportunities in the Triad. On Tuesday, August 25 a total of 78 students helped nine different organizations with 10 different projects around the Winston-Salem area.

“This event was a huge success with near 100% participation from first year MBA students as well as many MSA and second year MBA students actively involved,” said Joseph Parry, SGA President of Wake Forest Schools of Business. “I traveled to many of the volunteer sites today and witnessed our students making a substantive impact on the Winston-Salem community. Seeing so many Wake Forest graduate business students come out and support our Community Plunge event demonstrates the high-quality, good-natured, future leaders that walk the halls of Wake Forest. I’m proud to lead such an amazing group, and it’s clear our new students are going to help take our community to the next level.”

The goal of the Community Plunge is to help Wake Forest graduate business students, staff, alumni, families, and friends learn how they can make an impact on social and environmental issues throughout the school year. The Community Plunge is also a great opportunity for local organizations to attract potential board members, donors, and frequent volunteers.

"Each year there is a desire to improve Community Plunge, not only for the students but also for the participating organizations,” said Tori Peterson, SGA Community Relations Representative. “My goal was to plan an event that would give back to multiple organizations and to include as many students as possible. I know today was a huge success and I thank all the students that volunteered their time because each additional person that signed up made an impact somewhere, somehow, or for someone. Today I was proud to be a Demon Deacon."

Students participating in the Community Plunge provided services including delivering meals to the homebound elderly, helping with and preparing for local fundraising events, organizing food for over 400 agencies, assisting with marketing materials, and beautifying grounds. Organizations participating in this year’s Community Plunge included Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community; The Children's Home, Inc.; Forsyth County Public Library; Crisis Control Ministry, Inc.; Senior Services, Inc.; Keep Winston Salem Beautiful; SciWorks, The Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC; and the Work Family Resource Center.

The Wake Forest University Schools of Business offer undergraduate programs in finance, accounting, mathematical business, and business and enterprise management, and graduate programs including a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy and Masters of Arts in Management. Our programs are consistently ranked among the world’s best in surveys by U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Financial Times. For more information about the Wake Forest Schools of Business visit: www.business.wfu.edu.