’Tis the Season to Pitch In

In partnership with the Salvation Army and several local area nonprofits including the Avalon Center for Women and Children, W&M students recently joined the Kiwanis Club members to assist with their annual toy drive.  This year’s toy drive helped bring holiday gifts including toys, books, and clothing to more than 370 needy children living in the Williamsburg area.

Since many Mason MBA students are bilingual in a variety of languages, the Kiwanis Club has found an array of MBA students willing to assist with their annual distribution to especially help local Spanish speaking families. This year’s volunteers included students from the Dominican Republic, China, Colombia, Taiwan, Venezuela, and several domestic students all of whom are fluent in Spanish.

The Kiwanis Club is an organization dedicated to service and changing the world one child and one community at a time.  As member of the W&M community, it has been a pleasure to work with several of the more than the 180 area Kiwanis Club members who also devote extensive time to being Executive Partners at the Mason School of Business.

In that same spirit, a few weeks back, the W&M MBA Association in conjunction with the William & Mary Bookstore hosted the third annual W&M Night at Merchants Square on Thursday, November 29. The event included a canned food drive that collected 1,212 pounds of food to benefit the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.

Over 400 students, faculty, staff, and executive partners received a special holiday-themed commemorative T-shirt from the bookstore and the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa for their participation.  Local business partners including the Trellis, Wythe Candy Store, and DoG Street Pub treated the W&M community with special treats including chili, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider for their donations. The Virginia Theatre Machine also performed a humorous street-theatre rendition of “A Christmas Carol” which was a great hit for many MBA students especially those who brought their families.

The Mason Community offers the opportunity to work with a diverse student body, faculty, and executive partners to learn about business principles and corporate citizenship.  As member of the W&M community, I have had the opportunity to work with fellow classmates and faculty to learn through practical real‐world situations and team‐building opportunities.

As the Community Service Committee Chair for the MBA Association I have experienced firsthand the importance of working as a team to improve the social and economic well-being of society.  Our partnership with local area nonprofits, businesses, and civic organizations are just some of the many examples of why I chose the Mason School of Business for its strong commitment to the global community.  I am excited to continue to be an active citizen in the Mason Community and to serve the Williamsburg community as a volunteer to plant seeds of service, friendship, and learning.

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Chad Chadbourn

Chad Chadbourn is a 2nd year MBA candidate at The College of William & Mary where he has helped plan local service projects in coordination with the MBA Association and several local nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, and KIDZ' N GRIEF as the 2nd year MBA Association Community Service Committee Chair. Prior to coming to W&M he was an International Agricultural Development Specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service. In addition, he previously served as research associate at Nathan Associates, an international economic development consulting firm. While at Nathan Associates Chad coordinated employee and corporate philanthropic support for the United Way campaign. In addition, Chad served as a Community Economic Development Adviser with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 2006 – 2008. As a Peace Corps volunteer he coordinated numerous programs and events including a youth scout troop, community recycling program, and classes in English, business, and technology with several nonprofits. Chad is fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

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