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Pitt Business and Target Give Back to the Pittsburgh Community

More than 70 Pitt Business students, faculty, and staff teamed up with Target employees to assemble 250 care packages of essential toiletries for families of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh during Target’s Day of Service. Pitt Business and Target Give Back to the Pittsburgh Community

“At Target, community giving and service will always be the cornerstone of our company. Team members are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents to support community projects,” said Leslie Hanson, executive team lead at Target. 

The event came to fruition as a result of a student project within the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics (CPLE) curriculum. In spring 2015, CPLE students were tasked with creating a service event that would blend business and community service. 

Following the success of the 2015 event, Pitt Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), an undergraduate professional development organization, took up the initiative to make Target’s Day of Service an annual event at Pitt Business.  The Pitt Business Career Services Team also helped the students in coordinating the event logistics.

Haley Ketchell, a Pitt Business student studying marketing and supply chain management and vice president of service for PBL, was among the group of students who planned the inaugural event. 

“It’s always been a focus of our organization to blend business and service, and I’m so happy that we are able to do that through events like this,” Ketchell said.

Ketchell, alongside two marketing chairs and two logistics chairs, lead the planning committee for the event.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh is to provide a “home away from home” for the families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Through the charity organization, families receive temporary housing so they can solely focus on the well-being of their sick child. 

“Volunteering activities and fundraisers like the one Pitt Business organized really keep our charity going. Families that come to us in an emergency situation often do not have essentials like a toothbrush and toothpaste or other toiletries, and the care packages will help make the families more comfortable during a very difficult time in their lives,” said Erin Roth, outreach coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh.

“We can’t wait to surpass our donations during next year’s event,” she said.