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Mount St. Mary’s Students Conducted Fundraiser for Wounded Veterans

Communications Staff

The Mount St. Mary’s University chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently held a $1, 1 Can Mounties Helping Hands fundraiser in support of the nonprofit organization Roots for Boots. The $285 raised helped the organization purchase an all-terrain action trackchair for a wounded veteran. Roots for Boots, based in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, presented the trackchair, which is a versatile off-road wheelchair, to Sgt. Lewis Douglas on November 12 in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

douglas-track-chair.jpgNSLS Mount Chapter President Olivia White, C’18, explained that students created events such as movies and a scavenger hunt that people could pay $1 or one can to participate in throughout the day on Saturday, October 28. “The project provided a way to serve the community outside of the Mount,” White said. “I am glad that we were able to help someone so deserving!”

NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society with more than 700,000 members and 500 chapters nationwide. Students are personally selected to be a part of the society based on their academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.

“This effort showed our future leaders the practical application of ethics and the importance of supporting the vulnerable,” said Dana Sauers, director of the Mount’s Institute for Leadership, Ethics, Achievement and Development (iLEAD) and staff liaison to NSLS. "President Trainor has directed iLEAD from the beginning to develop our program from an ethical foundation. Our Catholic social teaching clearly relays our responsibility to the poor and vulnerable. iLEAD, espousing servant leadership, follows its creed with action—in this case for the benefit of wounded veterans."

Over the last year, the Mount has developed a relationship with Roots for Boots to aid veterans. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2016, seeks to meet the current needs and future challenges of military heroes and their families in predominantly rural areas. Christy Lucas, cofounder of the organization, and her associates have spoken at the Mount’s Institute for Leadership, Ethics, Achievement and Development’s Living Leadership Series, as well as coordinated student service trips to the Fisher Houses and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, both in Bethesda, Maryland.

These efforts mesh with the Mount’s other initiatives in support of veterans, including participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows eligible veterans and dependents to attend the university tuition-free. In addition, recent Mount alumni Kevin and Corey Downs, C’13, started Ranchin’ Vets, a nonprofit organization that assists in the reintegration of veterans into civilian life through programs in the ranching and agricultural industry.

Communications Staff