Monday, September 10, 2018

#RioGivesBack as Part of 40th Anniversary

40th anniversary banner with Rio Salado logo and text: An innovative leader in higher education.  Montage of images of Rio Salado employees volunteering their time.

Our Rio Salado family is working to fulfill 40 acts of community service in the next few weeks as part of our year-long 40th anniversary celebration

Look for the latest news and photo shares about our efforts via this RioNews blog, our social channels and our 40th anniversary web page. We encourage participants to share their photos and stories of service using these hashtags: #RioServes #RioGivesBack #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Here’s a look at what staff members have done so far!

group photo of staff in kitchen.  Sign above reads, "Peace begins with a smile."

Our executive team and support staff volunteered their services to Paz de Cristo kitchen on Aug. 23 to prepare dinner and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and others in need. The group also served the meal and cleaned up the kitchen. More than 180 people were served a hot meal that evening. Pictured here: (L to R) David O'Shea, Tamara Rinck, Todd Simmons, Bill Shedd, Cortney Mesaros, Delynn Bodine, President Kate Smith, Patti O'Brien, Lisa Widowski, Kevyn Miller and guests.

group shot of team standing in front of a screen that reads, "Boxes packed: 140, Meals: 30,240, Kids Fed for a Year: 82.  Cost: $6,652.80

The Maricopa Corporate College team volunteered at Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for children in Cambodia. They helped pack 30,000 meals in less than two hours. Pictured here: Emilio Cabrera, Patti O’Brien, Kendall Washington, Vanessa Plummer, Alex Coleman, Sumy Joy and Dana Macke-Redford.

The Computer Technology team volunteered on Aug. 28 with Feed My Starving Children to pack 128 boxes, which provided 27,648 meals for children in the Philippines. Pictured here are Mimi Planas, Zhi Kistler and Nate Korp.

Linda Pastori and police officers Steven McGhee & Michael Cole standing in front of Soundbite truck holding up a certificate of participation.

The KJZZ Soundbite team took to the road this summer to serve those who serve us by visiting police and fire stations across the Valley with #PressCoffee and #RolloverDonuts. Visit to learn more about this initiative and to hear the conversations the crew had with first responders. Pictured here is KJZZ General Manager, Development KJZZ/K-BACH & Sun Sounds Arizona Linda Pastori with police officers Steven McGhee & Michael Cole.

Check out other event photos in this Facebook photo album.