SUNY Fredonia Enactus students create COVID-19 support project

Submitted Photo Here are some of the boxes Jamestown Container provided for face shields made by Jamestown Plastics.

Students in Enactus at the State University of New York at Fredonia have created an internal innovation campaign for projects they develop to benefit the surrounding community and businesses in a post-COVID-19 era.

With social distance guidelines in place, students are engaging with one another through technology, working individually and in small groups, on projects that will be judged on their feasibility, need in the community and predicted outcomes.

The winning entry, to be determined at the end of April, will be backed by Enactus members and seed money placed in the community to advance the project.

“This will also allow Enactus team members to gain a leadership position and expand their entrepreneurial and project management knowledge,” said Emily Matson, a senior majoring in Public Accountancy and Finance, with a minor in Leadership Studies.

“Our hope is that we can support the Fredonia/Dunkirk community as much as possible to decrease the negative impact COVID-19 will have on the community,” Matson, also Enactus CEO and CFO, said.

Enactus students also made a pivot with Dip & Sip, an event planned at the new Art Market in downtown Fredonia to give community members an opportunity to attend an art class while drinking wine. Due to social distancing, a virtual Dip & Sip was developed as an alternative to the in-person gathering. A Zoom session was to be run by the art class instructor, so attendees could receive art instruction in the comfort of their own homes. In the end, the event was postponed because the instructor was not available.


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