Washington Adventist University Enactus Team Receives Walmart Grant for JobQuest Project

University group addresses community needs through business applications


Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Walmart, as part of the company’s “Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment” project. The funds will support the WAU Enactus team’s collaborative work with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington in the JobQuest effort, which serves to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and land jobs.

“This grant from Walmart is much appreciated, and will go a long way toward helping our students provide encouragement and support to individuals who are struggling to find jobs,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department.  “With this funding, the team will be able to transform lives as they prepare individuals for successful job searches and interviews, and help them resolve issues that can be roadblocks to success.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects numbered 541,344 last year.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@wau.edu.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

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