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Student News: UW’s SparkTank Ignites Hope in Laramie

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Ethics Matters

August 2021

Each year, the University of Wyoming’s StudentCPT chapter hosts SparkTank, an annual community service event aimed to provide a spark to help nonprofits in Laramie, WY, fulfill their mission and “spark” a sense of community service within the next generation of leaders.

“This past fall semester, UW Ethics Club members were asked to nominate local nonprofits that are making a difference in the Laramie, WY community. Next, we reached out to all 20 nonprofits and asked them to submit a short two-minute video including their mission, a tour of their physical location, if applicable, and why they want to be a part of SparkTank 2021.” explained Chapter President, Troy Cassity.

During the virtual SparkTank event, each organization shared a presentation introducing their nonprofit and how the gifts would be used. StudentCPT members and Sales Seminar class participants secured $57,500 that was distributed among four selected nonprofits. One organization in particular caught the chapter’s attention – the Laramie Foster Closet.

“When we broke the news to the organizer about the club’s $22,000 investment in the organization, there were many tears shed and lots of thank you’s as it was the biggest donation they had ever received! Tucker [fellow officer] and I both got choked up on the phone,” explained Cassity. “Knowing the Foster Closet organizer was busy serving others as we were trying to reach her drove it home that we absolutely made the right choice. I’m blown away and will forever remember that call! Life changing!”

“I love our students and I love what
they do for our community. Working with them on our SparkTank events has been the highlight of my professional career,” says Kent Noble, StudentCPT Chapter Advisor.

Additional SparkTank Donations:
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – $16,000
Laramie Soup Kitchen – $12,000
Climb Wyoming – $7,500

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