Thursday, October 18, 2018

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

Collage of images featured below in blog of Rio Salado employee groups at volunteer events.

Our Rio Salado family is hard at work trying to fulfill 40 acts of community service as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. Here’s the latest progress report of our efforts.

Rio Salado Northern and Downtown College Bridge Pathways teams at Homeward Bound

Rio Salado Northern and Downtown College Bridge Pathways teams volunteered their services at Homeward Bound, an Arizona nonprofit that serves the needs of homeless families by providing housing and help getting them back on their feet. Both teams hosted a collection drive at their locations for in-demand items like household essentials, kitchenware and professional clothing. The teams then got together at Homeward Bound on Sept. 13 to sort and organize their donations for the clothing closet and food pantry. 

Among the participants were Charles Jarvis, John Van Meter, Marina Bilgin, Danielle Steely, Maxine Anderson and Robin Evans from our Northern team and Linh Smith, Danna Farney, Bianca Ramirez, Nicole Sabino-Coker and Andrea Vazquez from our Downtown team.

Collage of photos of Southern team collecting food and taking group shot photos.

Staff and students from multiple departments serving our Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe volunteered their time to collect 206 pounds of food for United Food Bank Sept. 9-27. The food drive was a large-scale collaborative team effort, which also included the help of Rio Salado Maintenance and Operations, which delivered the donations to United Food Bank. 

College Bridge Pathways Adult Education staff members included: Jana Reisslein, Aliza Dodell, Simin Kia, Marci Lowe, Patricia Camden, Shamima Mushtaq, Leah Baguet, Mike Scrivener, Carrie Bernardi, Susan Hockley, Thomas Amans, Evelyn Lunt, John Osegueda, Lana Lewis, Ann Tebo, Ellina Muravyova, Amineh Darmani, Latifa Ray, Melissa Faubus, Haleh Azimi, Renee Roelants, Maryanne Patterson, DeAnna Springer, Sue Lange, Allison Hawn, Deqa, Ken Smith, Darius Perry, Jessika Swaenepoel, Kimberly Saw, Rachael May, Barbara Skurtovich, Regina Morales, Catherine Gupta, Veronica Casares, Richard Molina, Vince D'Aliesio, Chris Darr, and Cynthia Smith. Adult ACE team members included Kate Packer, Tiffany Hilstrom and Gabrielle Duran. Workplace team members included Paula Baker, Michael Turner, Darla Sebenik, Jocelyn Dustan, Katherine Ward., Gary Goldie, Deanna Beach, Jean Teisberg, Stephanie Berry, Michael Racine, Gail Kimzin and Glenda Lambert. Military Veteran and Success Center staff included Troy Friedman, Sherri Moore, Angela Ambrosia, James Brew, Mike Cuthbertson and Nicole Johnson. Science Lab/Kits team members included Ephraim Morris, Sharon Kilpatrick, Jim Kilpatrick, and Joyce Campman-Keegan. Testing members included Inna Severe, Bret Keating and Edwin Jose.

Group shot of faculty team at Feed My Starving Children

Members of the Faculty Instructional team volunteered two hours to Feed My Starving Children to pack 48,000+ meals for starving children in Rwanda, which will provide nourishment for 113

Group shot of Surprise team at St. Mary’s food bank.

The Rio Salado Life Long Learning Center in Surprise team volunteered two hours of their time to St. Mary’s Food Bank on Sept. 10. The team packed a variety of produce into family-size bags for the food bank to distribute to community members needing food assistance in Surprise. Included in the team effort was Jennifer Shaffer, Elizabeth Martin, Mary Hamilton, Josie Herrera, Mark Compton and Carlos Carnero. 

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