Vitito Fellows raise money for local animal shelter

This week, a group of SVSU business students will be finishing off a series of table sits outside of the Marketplace where they have been fundraising for the Pet Angel Adoption and Rescue Center of Frankenmuth.

Lyndsey Schirle, Tessa Graham and Nitish Nishtala are members of the Vitito Global Leadership Institute, or Vitito Fellows, a program of distinction at SVSU.

“The Vitito program is set up to help students within the business department become better leaders,” said Schirle, a management and international business junior. “We’ve been a part of various workshops and classes, all of which are focused on identifying and improving leadership skills.”

The current cohort of the program consists of 12 students who have been split up into four different groups. This semester, the students have been tasked with brainstorming and carrying out a service project with a company of each group’s own choosing.

Schirle, Graham and Nishtala’s group, “Team Growth,” decided to work with the Frankenmuth-based animal shelter Pet Angel Rescue and Adoption.

Pet Angel is a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter that saves and rehomes homeless and injured cats. The shelter is run on a volunteer basis and offers many opportunities to local people and groups to come in and play with the cats they house.

Through the sales of $1 paper paw prints and $3 decal paw prints, the group of Vitito Fellows has been collecting donations that the shelter will use to fund new paneling for its facilities in addition to other essentials like new cat beds, food and litter. “

Pet Angel’s facilities are nice, but they need some updating,” Scherle said. “Some other big things they needed help with were running a couple of events they have coming up as well as general maintenance around the shelter.”

With that in mind, the Vitito Fellows also set up service days for SVSU students to go over to the shelter and help.

They will take place on March 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as April 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The group members noted that the service project is a mutually beneficial situation because it provides free advertising and assistance for the shelter while also giving college students an opportunity to destress and give back to the community in a very tangible way.

“Our biggest goal was to offer more opportunities for students to get involved in with the Saginaw area,” Schirle said. “And also, to show the community that the students of SVSU truly care and want to help out in any way we can.”

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