Neeley Fellows help nonprofit find sponsors

The Neeley Fellows program is helping a local nonprofit organization recruit volunteers to increase support for those in Tarrant County with HIV and AIDS, a nonprofit official said.

Rick Isaminger, family health and education coordinator for Samaritan House, said the students are trying to get corporations involved with the organization in order to build a supportive partnership.

Aaron Siegel, events coordinator for Samaritan House, said the organization is home for people with HIV and AIDS in Tarrant County.

Sue Mahoney, housing specialist and volunteer coordinator for Samaritan House, said the organization gave their team of Neeley Fellows students a list of companies to look to for corporate support.

“They’re helping us publish a brochure that we can hand out to the different corporate organizations or businesses around here to see if we can get them to sponsor a corporate day of community service,” Mahoney said.

Lizzie Dow, junior marketing and finance major, is among the Neeley Fellows students assisting Samaritan House. Last semester, Dow said, they did research with other nonprofits, including Harris Methodist Hospital and the American Red Cross, to learn how to increase volunteer numbers and expand the organization’s programs.

They are now compiling a package to send to local companies encouraging them to volunteer for the organization, and before Spring Break her team served dinner at Samaritan House through a program called Supper Club, Dow said.

Siegel said another group of Neeley Fellows students are helping the organization market their annual 5K walk/run fundraiser, Joe’s Run, by passing out brochures around campus.

“They are an integral part of helping achieve Joe’s Run in that they are involved with getting the TCU campus to participate in Joe’s Run and involved in helping create and market to some of the vendors that are donating food for the afterparty at Joe’s Run,” Siegel said.