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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Allison Fox

Making a better Bloomington through open, honest and enthusiastic leadership.

Volunteer Allison Fox SIFE Allison Fox (far left) and her fellow SIFE student volunteers (left to right) Elana Borchers; Nicole Gump; Calvin Craig; Annie Cornett and Eric NelsonAllison Fox, the president of the Indiana University student group, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), has led fellow students to enhance their given abilities and interests in order to make a real community impact. The goal of the program is to create projects that have a measurable economic impact in the community, and Allison has proven that her skills and dedication to the success of the program this past year have paid off with positive results for Bloomington. Student participation in SIFE is completely voluntary, and all SIFE programs are conceived, planned and executed by these student volunteers, who are also responsible for locating financial support for their endeavors.

One of the main projects of SIFE is the Fair and Green Sale, a part of Fair Trade Bloomington, which provides over $10,000 worth of inventory to increase the availability and consumption of fair trade products in Bloomington. This annual event simultaneously benefits the local economy while heightening awareness for the support of community vendors.

Allison has volunteered extra hours to ensure the success of SIFE's programs, and has even attended extra classes to help her better understand the economics behind capital markets, so that she could be a resource for assisting with program planning and implementation. Her awareness of the various details necessary for success makes her a valuable member of the SIFE team. According the SIFE's Faculty Advisor, Mary Embry, Allison is the "first leader of this organization to naturally embrace principles of servant leadership," and is "intimately involved in every project we develop and execute."

Fair Trade Bloomington Allison not only focuses on obtaining community support, but she also tirelessly serves the members of the SIFE organization. Together SIFE volunteers have contributed over 1800 hours of service within the past year (2008-09). Allison shows an "outstanding willingness to be present and completely immersed in the complications and successes of volunteerism," and is a shining example and great mentor for those who wish to follow her lead.

SIFE is a national organization with which hundreds of universities and colleges participate. The IU Bloomington SIFE chapter has won the regional championship for the past three years and has been recognized the IU Student Activities Office as the top student leadership program for the last two years.

Learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer with Fair Trade Bloomington here

6/30/2009