A major matching donation will enable Raiders’ Closet to boost its wardrobe and its ability to clothe MTSU students properly for job interviews.
Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society that provides financial expertise for its members, has responded to $2,500 raised by an MTSU class with matching funds of $2,500.
“Our members and these students truly came together to support a local need,” said Dusty Stearns, managing partner of Modern Woodmen’s Murfreesboro office. “That support is what it’s all about.”
Stearns said Modern Woodmen’s Matching Fund Program contributes more than $10 million nationwide to community needs each year.
“Knowing Virginia’s vision and what Raiders’ Closet means to the campus community, this project was a no-brainer,” said Stearns.
The original $2,500 came from a silent auction conducted over two days in April 2015 on campus by students in two managerial decision-making classes led by Jean Wilson, an instructor and coordinator of career planning.
“Modern Woodmen had agreed to match whatever they raised from the silent auction,” said Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb, a professor of marketing and director of Raiders’ Closet.
Collecting the matching money, however, took longer than anyone had anticipated.
“When the phone call came in about a month or so ago, I was stunned, because I had completely forgotten about it,” said Hemby-Grubb.
“It might have taken a little while to get there, but that’s OK.”
Raiders’ Closet is a nonprofit service located in Room 327 of MTSU’s Keathley University Center. It stocks business-appropriate suits, dresses, separates and accessories that students can obtain free.
Both monetary and clothing donations for Raiders’ Closet are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room N349 of the Business and Aerospace Building.
Monetary donations enable Hemby-Grubb to replenish supplies and to find clothing for hard-to-fit students.
For more information, contact Hemby-Grubb at 615-898-2369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Modern Woodmen’s Matching Fund Program, contact Stearns at 615-553-2278 or email@example.com.
— Gina K. Logue (firstname.lastname@example.org)