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Enactus Becomes Potent Force for Positive Change

June 03, 2015
Enactus members, front row from left: Keith Dumais, of Johnston; Yuemiao Hu, of Tieling, China; Alissa Norton, of Spartanburg; and Ashley Giordano of Summerville. Back row: Sadie Erwin, staff adviser; Kevin McKittrick, of Fountain Inn; Amanda Morgan, staff adviser; Mark Quento Maready, of Easley; and Covone VanDorn of Taylors.

From procuring new computers for literary assistance to creating marketing campaigns, Lander University’s Enactus student organization is quickly establishing itself as a powerful ally for area businesses and organizations.

Merely days before Christmas, the group delivered much-needed new computers to La Puerta de Esperanza in Greenwood. Enactus purchased the computers through a grant from Walmart's Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative. In early February, Enactus produced a riveting public relations video to be used by Carol Gray, center director for La Puerta, during her community presentations.

Every day, La Puerta serves over 50 Hispanic youngsters – ranging in age from 5-17 – in after-school programs, as well as Hispanic adults who need literacy assistance.

Enactus also has projects—a social media marketing campaign and a recycling project—for two local Greenwood business.
 “The theme of Enactus is taking entrepreneurial ideas and putting them into action to empower others,” explained Covone VanDorn, a Lander business marketing major from Taylors and president of Enactus. “Whether we’re working with business executives or community leaders, our goal is to help practically anybody who wants to make a positive change. The community projects that we commit to are focused on empowering others, and that’s certainly the case with the new computers for La Puerta.”