The Alameda Point Collaborative named Berkeley-Haas its 2012 Educational Partner of the Year last month in recognition of the thousands of volunteer hours MBA students dedicate to the nonprofit each year.
Every year as part of their orientation week, first-year full-time MBA students spend half a day providing community service at Alameda Point Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless. In addition, MBA students volunteer at the collaborative throughout the year and hold an auction to raise money for it.
The Alameda Point Collaborative activities are part of the MBA Challenge for Charity, a nonprofit that draws on MBA students from nine West Coast schools to support local charities and to develop business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.
"Through Challenge for Charity, we have been given nearly $50,000 in financial support and are the fortunate beneficiaries of thousands of hours of volunteer service annually," Doug Briggs, executive director of Alameda Point Collaborative, wrote in a letter of thanks to Dean Rich Lyons.
Amy Hornstein, director of student affairs in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program, accepted the award on behalf of the Haas School. The collaborative gave Haas a beautiful terrarium as part of the award.