||December 10, 2013
||David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-865-0731 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Donations of old power tools wanted to help Belize residents prosper
Toppenish, WA — Heritage University Enactus, a student-run organization that aims to improve its community and the world around them through the education and promotion of financial literacy, entrepreneurialism, and business ethics on both a business and personal level, wants to turn your old, unwanted hand tools and power tools into tools of economic prosperity for low-income Belize residents.
Leonard Black, the Department Chair of Accounting and Business Administration, and advisor for Enactus HU, says they need sandpaper, sanders, saws, and other tools used for making furniture. Four Enactus students will bring them to Belize in early January, and use to both train and then donate them to residents of San Esteban and Guinea Grass, Belize for use establishing a cooperative that builds furniture from reclaimed and scrap lumber.
“This is a chance for people to turn their old, orphaned tools into a source of income for those people in Belize who don’t have a source of income,” says Black. “They’ll learn to make furniture which they can use for themselves, and sell to others as well,” he says.
Enactus HU students have made other Belize trips to teach villagers new skills. One trip involved showing 80 women how to recycle plastic bags by crocheting them into new purses, satchels and backpacks. The products are now being marketed in the U.S. and a cooperative has been established aimed at selling to tourists in Belize. Another had students teaching more than a dozen families to become entrepreneurs by raising chickens. Villagers also learned how to build new chicken coops out of discarded wood scraps that would normally be burned as waste.
Enactus is accepting your power tool donations through December 22nd, in time for the upcoming Belize trip January 2nd. You can drop tools off at the Arts and Sciences Building at Heritage University in Toppenish.
For more information contact Leonard Black at (509) 865-8561. For questions about the tax deductibility of your contribution, contact Roberta Allen, Data Manager at (509) 865-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.