Student Group Donates to Mary’s Meals

How’s this for a welcome home? Mike Miller ’11 showed up at his alma mater and received a check for $1,002.86.

That’s how much the Simpson College students in Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) raised for Mary’s Meals in Liberia, where Miller works as the organization’s finance director.

“Thank you very much,” he told the group. “This is really nice. I can assure you the money will make a huge difference.”

Miller’s appearance was a great reminder of the important role that service plays on the Simpson campus.

The Enactus students conducted several fund-raising activities, including the popular “Mr. Simpson” contest. Miller beamed when presented the check by junior Hilary Zarr, secretary of Enactus.

“It was really neat to hear that Simpson students were helping Mary’s Meals,” he said.

He told the group’s 35 students how he landed the job – “I had no idea I would be doing this” – and how Mary’s Meals in Liberia serves nearly 70,000 students daily.

“If you’re interested in this type of work, there are definitely jobs you can find,” he told the Simpson students.

Sometime this summer, Miller will become finance director of Mary’s Meals operations in Malawi, where more than 650,000 students are fed each day.

It will be more pressure, he says, but he’s looking forward to at least one additional perk.

“I think I’ll have air conditioning,” he said.

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