When Bryan Cruz ’07, a business administration major, was a junior at Loyola Marymount University, he had to develop a business and marketing plan for a social entrepreneurship course. His idea was a nonprofit organization that would create and implement food and nutrition plans for children in impoverished communities. Little did he know that his class project would become a reality.
Cruz founded Global Nutrition Alliance, a nonprofit organization as of January, that has provided healthy meals daily for more than 200 children in the Dominican Republic.
“Seeing that our organization is doing good work signifies the fact that we are making an impact in the community. It’s very fulfilling,” Cruz said.
Cruz returned to LMU on Sept. 10 for the Center for Service and Action’s annual Community Service Fair. More than 100 community organizations participated in the program, showcasing volunteer openings to the campus community.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to connect with several nonprofit organizations and learn how they can get involved in Los Angeles and beyond,” said Lorena Chavez, community service coordinator at the center.
The fair brought together students, faculty and staff with representatives from a broad range of disciplines, and gave attending community organizations the chance to network and learn about LMU. Cruz specifically wanted to recruit volunteers from LMU to encourage them to pursue opportunities in the nonprofit sector.
“It’s important that I keep connected to the university,” Cruz said. “I want to be an example of a different path that students can take which is pursuing a career in social justice and the nonprofit sector.”
For a list of community organizations that participated in the fair, please click here