UA Students and Partners Collaborate to Make Holiday Wishes Come True

At The University of Alabama, collaboration is key. Not only among students, staff, and faculty, but also with community partners who help make it the place Where Legends Are Made.

This December, alliantgroup, one of the Career Center’s Champions, partnered with two UA student organizations, the African Student Association and the Society of Human Resource Management, for a community outreach project to serve the Tuscaloosa Foster Care Program. These student groups raised $1,400 to purchase gifts for children in foster care, and alliantgroup donated $1,000 to the Tuscaloosa Foster Care Program.

Shopping and Wrapping Together

students, staff and partners gather for a group photo at gift-wrapping partyThe day after they accompanied the UA students on a shopping spree for Tuscaloosa children in foster care, alliantgroup presented their $1,000 contribution to Courtney Chapman Thomas, director of the Center for Service and Leadership here at UA.

“This was an amazing demonstration of the hard work that these students put in to fundraise for local children in the foster care system in our community. I was then blown away by alliantgroup’s contribution to this initiative,” Courtney said. “This is the epitome of what we talk about when we talk about being committed to your community for a lifetime in your career and personal life. This amazing work allowed 16 children’s Christmas wishes to be a reality. We are forever grateful for partners like this that help us walk alongside our community.”

To celebrate the success of this community outreach program and further engage UA students, alliantgroup hosted a holiday party where they wrapped the gifts together.

Student Life Staff and Leadership Praise Compassion Project

Tammy Donaldson, employer development manager for the Career Center, said she’s grateful for the support of alliantgroup and other Career Champions. “Alliantgroup has a tremendousstudents wrap gifts workforce culture that prides itself on collaborative efforts and community outreach. This was a great opportunity for them to share their values with our students and work together to experience the reward of what unity can achieve for the greater good.”

Dr. Myron Pope, UA’s vice president for Student Life, echoed Tammy’s sentiments. “Partnerships like this help us achieve our mission of maximizing learning experiences for our students. As we seek to develop students into servant leaders on our campus, we are preparing them for a lifetime of servant leadership in their future companies and communities. These corporate partners offer a great experiential learning opportunity for students to envision how they can live out the Capstone Creed in their careers.”

To connect with the Career Center or the Center for Service and Leadership, or to get plug into a student organization through Student Involvement, visit their websites.