Entrepreneurial Spirit at Bryant University
College Scoops is continually on the lookout for students and young entrepreneurs who rock. We reached out to Logan Scanlon, a senior at Bryant University and Founder of Candles for Everyone, and Gabrielle Stone to learn more about their student-run organization, Collegiate Outreach. Who doesn't enjoy a birthday cake on their birthday? Candles for Everyone ensures children in the Providence, RI area who are temporarily displaced will have the opportunity to celebrate their birthday with a slice of cake. Logan and Gabrielle shared the story of Collegiate Outreach below.
Collegiate Outreach was founded during the 2017-2018 academic year under the leadership of Bryant University’s Chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. Through our organization and volunteer efforts, our goal is to enhance the educational and social climate of Bryant University. At a university recognized for business and entrepreneurship education, Collegiate Outreach aims to emphasize and share the importance of philanthropic pursuits.
As an organization, we meet weekly in general meeting sessions where students can learn more about our initiatives and contribute to the conversation about what else we, as students, can do to give back to the community we live in.
From the start, Collegiate Outreach has been the platform for the nonprofit Candles for Everyone. Founded by our president, Logan Scanlon ‘19, Candles for Everyone is the belief that every child should be celebrated on their birthday. This non-profit initiative seeks to provide a birthday cake for every child who is not able to celebrate their special day because they are experiencing temporary or chronic food insecurity. We are sustained by community involvement. We identify community organizations that provide meals to families in need and ask if there are children (1-18) who participate in their meal/food distribution program. Once we are provided with an anonymous list with dates, we then reach out to local bakeries for cake donations. Our volunteers deliver the cake on the appropriate day to the meal site where we as students are able to celebrate with the children and families.
This year Collegiate Outreach has become involved with two additional initiatives both with the goal of assisting the population of rising college students in our community. In partnership with the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, two high schools located in South Providence, we have established a weekly after-school drop-in club. Once a week Collegiate Outreach members go to the high school to provide assistance with college applications, FAFSA paperwork, resumes for both college and jobs, homework help and often just a friendly face to talk to.
In addition, we have partnered with College Visions an organization with the mission to empower low-income and first-generation college-bound students to realize the promise of higher education by providing advising and resources to promote college enrollment, persistence, and graduation. College Visions advances equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities in Rhode Island. Through our partnership, we have assisted many students with their college applications. We have been able to watch countless students click “submit” on their applications allowing them to get one step closer to their college dream.
Collegiate Outreach is excited to announce its first annual dodge ball tournament food drive. Students around campus will enter the tournament donating non-perishable food items as an entry fee to compete for gift cards to an alumni-owned restaurant. This same alumni owner is on the board of directors for the homeless prevention center that will be receiving the donations.
Through all of Collegiate Outreach’s endeavors, we aim to expose Bryant students to ethical entrepreneurs who understand the importance of giving back to the community you profit from.
Follow Collegiate Outreach on Instagram @collegiateoutreach_ceo.