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Published 12/6/2005

Owens Findlay-area Campus Students in Free Enterprise Hold Professional Clothing Drive, Dec. 7-13

FINDLAY - Owens Community College's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is reaching out to area residents by organizing a professional clothing drive, benefiting disadvantaged women in Findlay and the surrounding communities.

Beginning on Wednesday, December 7, the Owens SIFE organization will hold its second annual Professional Development Center Clothing Drive. SIFE has already secured two computers for donation and is now accepting new and gently used women's professional clothing, shoes, belts, briefcases and other accessories through Tuesday, December 13. Students will take the collected articles to residents of Findlay's Hope House for the Homeless on Wednesday, December 14.

Area residents can drop off their charitable donations on the Findlay-area Campus within the College's Commons area or outside the Library. The Owens Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay.

"Owens Community College's SIFE team sees the professional clothing drive as a great opportunity to empower the residents of Hope House," said Andrea Kisseberth, Owens small business management student and SIFE president of administration. "We are honored to assist these women enter the workforce with the confidence needed to achieve their dreams."

In conjunction with the professional clothing drive, Hope House residents will also take part in four weekly job-training sessions organized and instructed by the College's SIFE organization. Owens SIFE team members will teach resume writing, interviewing and job-search skills. The job training will culminate with a series of mock interviews occurring at the Hope House on December 21.

The Findlay Hope House for the Homeless provides transitional housing to homeless women and children, bridging the gap between emergency shelter and permanent housing. In addition, the organization offers education and assistance to create self-sufficiency and aids individuals and families in their search for decent, affordable housing.

SIFE was founded in 1975 to provide college students with educational opportunities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Such educational opportunities are initiated by practicing the principles of market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship and personal financial success through the implementation of various projects and SIFE-sponsored events. Currently, there are more than 1,200 SIFE organizations on college and university campuses in over 33 countries.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' 19-member SIFE team participates in a variety of free enterprise educational projects and events benefiting the local community. Initiatives have included the organization of a community-wide Veterans' Day celebration to pay tribute to service men and women and sponsorship of a DECA Day competition for area high school students. In addition, SIFE has created a "Kick Start for Success Program," in which the team collaborated with the Salvation Army to teach children the basics of computer skills and financial responsibility.

For a complete list of requested items for the Professional Development Center Clothing Drive, or to make a donation, call (567) 429-3530 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3530.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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