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New Project Launched to Give Basic Aid to College of Menominee Nation Students

CMN Students Offered Emergency Food and Products at Student-Run ‘Helping Closet’ on Keshena Campus

 

CMN student Tom Seidler restocks shelves that are open to CMN students in need of a quick meal. Donated food means pantry items are free for hungry students who are short of cash or don’t have time between classes to leave campus for food.

It can be a hard choice for some college students: putting fuel in their cars to get to school or spending that money on food. Students and staff in the Education program at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) recognized the dilemma and are doing something about it. Led by a student volunteer, Adam Schulz, with faculty advisor Dr. Lauren Villagomez, they decided to open a new initiative on CMN’s Keshena, Wisconsin, campus. It is being called The Helping Closet.

 

The Helping Closet has food items, school supplies, and personal hygiene products available for all CMN students. If a student needs any of the above items, he or she can contact either Schulz or Dr. Villagomez by e-mail or stop at the Education program office.

 

Initial funding for this project was provided by the College’s Scott Zager Venture Fund, a memorial established by the late Mr. Zager’s family that provides CMN students with grants for student-initiated efforts that cannot be accomplished without seed money. Additional supplies were donated by the staff and faculty of CMN. In the future, organizers would like to open an additional Helping Closet on CMN’s Green Bay campus. All students need to provide to request items is the last four numbers of their student identification.

 

This project is designed to help all CMN students remain in school by providing some emergency leverage with food and personal products free of charge. In addition to a quick-to-prepare meal or two, The Helping Closet also has school supplies and personal hygiene products for students. Organizers encourage all students to utilize the closet. “Assistance is confidential,” Schulz says. “We hope students do not worry about needing help. We sincerely wish the best for our students and look forward to helping them be successful at CMN in any way we can.”