Student Organization Receives Grant from Alliant Energy

Student Organization Receives Grant from Alliant Energy

Student Organization Receives Grant from Alliant Energy
Middle: Alliant Energy key account manager Rebecca Gisel. BV Buddies-Teammates coordinators and mentors Sloane Morrow (left) and Deven Rieck (right) accept the award.

Buena Vista University's student organization BV Buddies-Teammates has received a $1,500 grant from Alliant Energy Foundation. The grant will be used to support their activities in the community.

The award is part of the Community Grants program that the Alliant Energy Foundation offers to organizations each year. The BV Buddies program has received this grant in the past in recognition of the program's partnership between the university and the Storm Lake Middle School.

"We're proud to support Buena Vista University's partnership with the Storm Lake Middle School to provide valuable mentoring experiences," said Julie Bauer, executive director for Alliant Energy Foundation. "It's wonderful to see college students impacting young people at an influential time in their lives."

BV Buddies-Teammates is a mentoring program for youth in the Storm Lake community where BVU students are matched with middle school youth throughout the year. They meet with each other on a weekly basis and do things that they are interested in, such as cooking, sports activities, crafts and other activities. Annually, the middle school students also come to campus for a visit, and the group takes a spring trip to a new destination each year. The funds from the Alliant Energy Foundation grant will be used to support these activities.

"We are very appreciative of our relationship with Alliant Energy and their continual support for BV Buddies-Teammates," said Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson, director of civic engagement at BVU. "This funding will provide the mentors and mentees with the tools to make a difference."