WWU Grant Writing Students Earn SERVE $33,000 Grant

SERVE, a nonprofit social service agency in Fulton, received $33,000 to purchase equipment for its food pantry, thanks to students in a grant-writing class at William Woods University.

WWU students Kadie Atterberry of Kingdom City, Mo., and Heather Rogers of Mexico, Mo., wrote a successful proposal to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, which provided the funding.

[quote align=”left” color=”#999999″]”It was great to be able to apply the skills we had learned in class to assist a much-needed organization in the Fulton community,”[/quote] Rogers said.

Atterberry added, “This is the community that I have lived in my entire life, and I know what it is like to need help. Everyone should have access to the things they need to help them get on their feet. That is what this grant was about. So many members of this community have helped me and given me opportunities to get where I am today. It is time to give something back.”

The students requested money for a pallet jack, a scale to weigh donations for reporting and recording purposes and a walk-in freezer. The freezer was needed to house produce and meat in an attempt to offer more nutritious food and address the growing problem of obesity.

“Not only will the new 8’ x 20’ cooler allow us to distribute more fresh fruits and vegetables, we will also be able to provide these items to partner agencies, such as the Fulton Senior Center and the Soup Kitchen,” said Julie Roark, director of SERVE’s Callaway Action Network (C.A.N.), which includes the food pantry.

C.A.N. offers a variety of services for income eligible community members, including a food pantry, limited emergency financial assistance when funds are available, a thrift store, school supplies and holiday assistance.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”I am delighted that William Woods students were able to assist SERVE in reaching their grant-funded needs. This will impact positively the quality of food for many local families. This is one of many ways William Woods enriches and gives back to the community,”[/quote] Dr. Stephanie Wells, associate professor of English and the grant-writing instructor, said.

Past proposals generated by the grant-writing class have resulted in funding for theater lighting, upgrades to the American Sign Language Interpreting lab, the establishment of the SWAT (Student Website Advancement Team) lab, and a new telescope to place in the WWU observatory.