Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PTK Service Project Benefits Homeless

Image of Rio Salado Student Life leadership and PTK students holding up a thank you sign.

Every year, Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society – Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter, organizes a community service project.

This year, PTK students collected hygiene products and assembled care packages to benefit homeless individuals. Donations were collected on behalf of the Tempe Community Action Agency, located at 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe, Arizona, which will distribute the products to those who need them most.

"The generosity of Rio Salado staff and visitors to the college's various locations, who supported this year’s project mission and help make it a great success -- we are so thankful,” said student volunteer and Rio Salado PTK organizer, Theresa Maheux.

montage of images of students collecting, packing and delivering donations

Kevin Bilder, dean of student affairs, said, “I was extremely proud to be a part of and witness the initiative of our PTK students. Their commitment to address a social issue to help make a difference in other peoples’ lives was very inspiring.”

The volunteers were led by PTK chapter president Vanessa Williams, and community service chair Theresa Maheux. Students and volunteers assembled 350 care packages.

“I am very impressed by all of the hard work and dedication the PTK student participants demonstrated for this year’s project,” said John Bastian, coordinator of student life and leadership at Rio Salado. “The generosity of our students, as well as Rio Salado staff and volunteers was very much appreciated and helped make this project a great success.”

PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

To learn more the about the Tempe Community Action Agency and how you can make a difference, visit: http://tempeaction.org/get-help/.