Light the Way is an exciting new project that benefits two refugee organizations: The North Side Learning Center and Interfaith Works. Light the Way takes recycled glass bottles from restaurants in the Syracuse community, and employs new Americans through the two refugee organizations to up-cycle them into beautiful candles. This allows the new Americans working on the project to have an income and valuable work experience. Light the Way clients get paid a fair wage and this opportunity serves as a job and skills training program for these individuals, giving them the tools they need to be successful in the United States. 

Last year we started producing candles. As a newer project, there has been a great deal of trial and error needed to solidify production and product design. We had a very successful first year of sales for our candles. Taking the same glasses and filling them with wax to be sold as candles allowed us to increase our production.


Luke Brown - LIGHT THE WAY

Majors: Finance & Accounting

"Enactus has helped me to meet a community of people at Syracuse that are similarly interested in the Rescue Mission. My goal to grow the Light the Way project to help more people in the Syracuse area has shaped my positive outlook of the mission. Not only has Enactus helped me to meet new people, but it has also helped me focus on my academics, surrounded by a group of fellow business leaders."



Emily Woodilla - LIGHT THE WAY

Majors: Accounting & Sports Management

"I chose to join Syracuse University's chapter of Enactus to make a difference greater than myself. I cannot imagine life at SU without Enactus; it is because of this organization that I have met some of my closest friends whom I will cherish forever. As a project leader for Light the Way and a member of our presentation team, I have many opportunities to create a positive impact in our local community and beyond. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to experience all that Enactus has to offer, and am thankful for how it has shaped me into the SU student I am today."