Community Service Spotlight

At Columbia Southern University, we know how awesome our alumni are and how valuable they are in their local community. So many of our alumni go above and beyond their normal work hours to do something good in their community and give back.

One such person is Lisa Anderson, a 2012 CSU graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources Management. Lisa now serves as a human resources technician for the Target Stores import warehouse in Suffolk, Virginia. There, she has been serving as the volunteer coordinator for four years and is the recipient of many esteemed awards, including the 2012 Best in Community for outstanding Volunteer Service, which was presented by General Motors and the Target corporation.

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Lisa (left) helping at the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia emergency meal packing event.

Lisa spends much of her free time doing volunteer work all around Virginia, sometimes bringing her husband on the weekends and even taking vacation hours when the event is on a weekday.

“I really enjoy helping people,” Lisa said, “I love spending my time doing things for my community.”

Lisa volunteers with many organizations, including the Norfolk SPCA (she is an avid dog lover with two “bark babies” of her own!), Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Food Bank, American Cancer Society, local elementary schools, Read Across America, the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, and United Way (phew!).

Involved in volunteer work since childhood, Lisa says her love of community service started in the Girl Scouts and really began to thrive when she volunteered with her local ambulance corps at age 16.

Now, each organization Lisa works with is close to her heart, but she especially loves working with the Special Olympics.

Lisa and her fellow volunteers helping at the Special Olympics

Lisa and her fellow volunteers helping at the Special Olympics

“To see the smiles on the participants’ faces at this event, to see them so happy, just makes my day,” she said.

Columbia Southern is so proud of the work Lisa is doing in the community of Norfolk, Virginia. It is alumnus like this that make CSU so proud and why our goal of “Taking Over the Nation” isn’t so far out of reach.

Author: jimbo

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