Shop RVA is a new campaign based in the community of Richmond. The idea behind this campaign is to promote the culture and individuality of Richmond by supporting locally owned and growing businesses in the area and sharing them with others. Supporting the local businesses, in return, invests money back into the local economy and therefore highly benefits the local community. When you become involved with this project you will have the opportunity to work directly with many of the business owners of the Richmond area. In addition, you will have the opportunity to communicate with a few of Richmond's local officials and fulfill STEL's mission. The benefits of becoming involved in such a project are beyond words, please take a moment to review a few ways you can become involved and have a positive impact on the Richmond community.
The IPO (Initial Public Offering) is a developing project within the Established Leaders' Society, created to foster the development of businesses within our society. It is open to members that are preparing to launch their own business or enhance an already existing one. This branch also functions as a forum, where people involved / preparing for business will be able to offer insight, solutions, and alternate perspectives to different business ideas and issues.
No Swipe Left Behind
Every semester many students buy VCU meal plans. The average student purchases a meal plan with anywhere between 200-300 blocks more commonly referred to as "swipes". Unfortunately, at the end of a semester, many students don't actually end up using all of their swipes. Those swipes do not rollover, so they basically dissappear. As students, we know how frustuating it is to learn that money you've spent is lost and has been wasted. No Swipe Left Behind is our solution.
Instead of wasting swipes and money, we propose that you help people with your unused excess. Sadly, there is great poverty in the Richmond area. In fact, according to FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) over 8.8 % of Richmond's population are in extreme poverty and are in need of dire help. As a VCU student, surely you have seen a few homeless people during your college career while traveling through campus. To help aid this major issue we offer a one week food drive (April 20- April 24). Please, join us in knocking out 2 birds with one stone. Use your soon to be unused swipes and feed the homeless.