Enactus members donate winter outerwear to children


December 14, 2016

SUNY Oswego’s chapter of Enactus, a student-run organization in the School of Business committed to using entrepreneurial action to enable human progress, recently bought coats, hats and gloves for 22 local children in need.

Teachers at Oswego’s Leighton Elementary School helped identify recipients, said senior accounting major Jordan Shutts, past president of the college’s Enactus chapter.

“We then used money raised from last year’s Oswego Cares event to purchase the clothing. JC Penney in Oswego offered us an exceptional discount, which allowed us to purchase roughly $3,000 in clothing for $922,” Shutts said.

Enactus’ contribution stemmed from the December 2015 Oswego Cares fundraising event co-hosted with Premier Living Suites and Zink Screenprinting and Design, he said.

“Zink’s owner, Glenn Zansitis, was inspired to start the event because children should never worry about staying warm,” Shutts said. “Last year’s event brought in $950 thanks to our generous donors.”

Enactus has funds available to help some additional children in need of winter clothing. For more information, Shutts said, contact the organization’s current president, Ryan Fitzpatrick, at rfitzpa2@oswego.edu.

Formerly named Students in Free Enterprise, Enactus—which has about 40 members at SUNY Oswego—applies business concepts “to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world,” the organization said. The organization is active at 1,600 colleges and universities in 37 countries.

For more information about Enactus at Oswego, visit https://www.oswego.edu/business/enactus.

PHOTO CAPTION: Warmth for kids—Members of Enactus, a student-run SUNY Oswego School of Business organization that uses entrepreneurial action for community good, show some of the outerwear they purchased for 22 Oswego children in need, thanks to a steep discount from JC Penney in Oswego and a fundraising event last year co-hosted with Premier Living Suites and Zink Screenprinting and Design of Oswego. From left [CORRECTED DEC. 20, 2016] are Josephine Scherer, vice president of finance; Jordan Shutts, former Enactus president; Carol Peters, JC Penney store manager in Oswego; Ryan Fitzpatrick, current president; and Jorjienne Labarge, vice president.