Chamber Leadership group creates post-secondary funds for at-risk students
FARGO – A group that was formed through the Chamber Leadership Class of 2019 has volunteered its time the past nine months to several clothing sale activities that have generated more than $3,000. The funds will be donated to Fargo Public Schools counselors who will distribute the funds to at-risk students looking to advance their education following high school. “At present, more than 10,000 students rely on government or agency assistance to procure healthy meals, clean/weather-appropriate clothing and affordable housing,” said Coiya Tompkins, one of the Chamber Leadership group participants. “We are grateful to local agencies who are able to assist with immediate and short-term needs, but worry about our students’ futures as we consider ways to cover college and other post-secondary educational needs.” One of the key aspects of the Chamber’s Leadership Program is identifying nonprofit and/or supportive Community Change Initiatives which are developed through smaller groups within each Chamber Leadership class. One of the seven initiatives featured within the Class of 2019 is Second Hand, a program designed to raise post-secondary scholarship dollars for at-risk students in our community. The team is represented by: Courtney Getzloff, Wanzek Construction, Inc.; Staci Holzheimer, Bank of North Dakota; Shannon Lang, Valley Senior Services; Jodi Stende, Discovery Benefits, a WEX Company, and Coiya Tompkins, Community Violence Intervention Center. Second Hand would like to thank Clothes Mentor and My Best Friend’s Closet, whose generous donations enabled the group to resell the store’s clothing to raise the scholarship dollars. What didn’t sell through private in-home rummage sales, was donated to Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead, a nonprofit organization that helps single mothers and their children transition from poverty and the Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Thrift Stores, which generate funds for the nonprofit’s residential treatment and education centers. If you are interested in giving to Second Hand’s scholarship fund, please contact Coiya Tompkins at 701-500-2890 or Coiya.firstname.lastname@example.org.