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Doing business for charities: regional alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises support service work worldwide

Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts. Gift Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an eas ...More

Ten Thousand Villages

Doing business for charities

Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts. Gift & Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an easy walk from ...More

The continuing legacy of the Augsburgers

Myron and Esther Augsburger with their immediate family. Clockwise from bottom-left: daughter Marcia Augsbur ...More

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Undocumented Latino youth receive scholarly support, plus EMU’s helping hand

Three high school students brought from Mexico as children are looking forward to being successful college students, thanks to the local branch of Scholars’ Latino Initiative program (SLI), with which EMU partners. “We’re all DREAMers,” explains one we’ll call “Dulce,” a high school junior brought to the United States at age ...More

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EMU Development Director Provides Financial Care for Local Church Congregation

Recent family news took Phil and Loretta Helmuth into the future and the past at the same time. Three more grandchildren are due to arrive in March, which led Phil and Loretta to talk about striking a new balance between work and family – and its financial imp ...More

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Gehman Speeding Beyond 90

Margaret Martin Gehman continues to be a pacesetter as she embarks on her ninth decade as one of Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) leading philanthropists and a beloved professor emerita. Affectionately known as “Speedy” for her decades of fast-paced walking in and around EMU’s campus, Gehman celebrated her 90th birthday on May 24, 2012, among friends and former co-wor ...More

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Helmuth Named Valley Fundraiser of the Year

Phil Helmuth sees no contradiction between his two longtime professions: ordained Mennonite minister and fundraiser for Mennonite-backed causes. Both roles are relationship-based and mission-oriented, he says. Phil grew up in Arcola, Ill., where his father owned a farm-machinery business. He enrolled in Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) for 1972-73, married fellow undergraduate ...More

Call Center Proves Effective With Alumni

If your phone rings in the early evening, who do you want to hear on the other end? How about a motivated, energetic student from your alma mater? Read more… ...More

Pedaling for Fun and Finances

Forty-two bikers from seven states and Ontario, Canada, left EMU on Aug. 5 and traveled some 292 miles in the Shenandoah Valley, much of the route on the scenic Skyline Drive, returning to EMU the afternoon of Aug. 9. The trip’s purpose: exercise, fellowship and fund raising for ...More