May Weekend apparel has been advertised on Facebook and throughout campus for the past month. But for junior Evin Strott and five other members of a management course, selling May Weekend T-shirts is about a lot more than notoriety.
The group sold shirts for $15 as a business venture to support Partnerships Center for Adult Day Care, Inc., and raised more than $2,680.
“We wanted something that a lot of people would get because Partners needs a lot of money,” Strott said. “They have a lot of financial problems and they wanted to revamp the place and get a new television in there because their TV is like from the stone age.”
Part of an MG222 course required students to divide into groups and participate in 40 hours of community service for a given nonprofit organization.
The group devised an objective and a project to work on. Along with selling the shirts, the group designed new brochures for Partnerships and contacted stores like Lowe’s Home Improvement to provide paint and other donations.
“I just feel bad for them because the only game they like to play is bingo and coloring,” Strott said. “That is all they can really do because they don’t necessarily have the resources to do more.”
Another member of the group, junior Kaitlin Bauer, volunteers at Partnerships and hopes the money they raised can be used for more up-to-date electronics, such as an iPod and iPod dock.
“By sitting there doing nothing it will not stimulate their minds,” Bauer said. “It will just get them in the nursing home faster. I am definitely going to continue to volunteer there because I have really bonded with the people I have met there.”
When formulating their plan, the group’s goal was to sell 100 T-shirts. After advertising on Facebook and having a table for students to drop by, the group was able to pre-order more than 400 shirts.
“I had to start rejecting people because the T-shirt company couldn’t make that many,” Strott said.
The group plans to present Partnerships with a check in the upcoming week.