Many ambitious alumni put the Ford Scholar Alumni Association Vision Statement, “Connect where you are; lead where you live,” into action during various Earth Day community service events throughout the state in April.
FSAA Board Member Marshall Curry spearheaded a second state-wide FSAA volunteer effort. After finding success in arranging for alumni to coordinate volunteer opportunities in their communities during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in mid-January, Curry copied the model for Earth Day.
Several alumni volunteered to engage other alumni and Ford Scholars in their communities and find an event that needed Earth Day volunteers.
Curry’s MLK Day of Service and Earth Day volunteer efforts seem to have made some alumni fulfill the FSAA Mission Statement: “To provide opportunities for alumni to connect and further their leadership and service in their communities.”
Curry said that Ford Scholarship Alumni are doing amazing service projects all the time, whether as service to their communities or for their companies. He encourages alumni to let the FSAA know about events so they can help recruit Ford Alumni to assist.
Curry already has plans for next year’s MLK and Earth Day service projects. “We are hoping to make it easier for alumni to be coordinators of events, increase our outreach to build connections to alumni and Scholars, and continue improving our impact numbers in our communities,” he said. “The more the merrier!”