Two hundred University volunteers built 80 bicycles for students at the Arizona Cardinals Preparatory Academy.
Volunteers build bikes for students
Twice a year, University of Phoenix director-level employees convene to build organizational performance and success. In addition to University business, the staff completed a service project to give back to the local Phoenix community. In May, 200 volunteers built 80 bicycles for students at the Arizona Cardinals Preparatory Academy, which is in the Washington Elementary School District formed by the University through community partnership with Cardinals Charities and Communities In Schools of Arizona to offer accelerated instruction and service learning to help students focus on learning and achieving success.
The School of Advanced Studies presented the laptops to two Arizona foundations. Pictured from left: Nick Galemore, Jacki Taylor, CEO of Save the Family Foundation in Arizona, Irene Blundell and John Ramirez.
SAS Gives Back
The School of Advanced Studies presented a total of 43 used laptops to two Arizona foundations. In April, SAS donated 20 laptops to the Arizona’s Children Association and 23 laptops to the Save the Family Foundation in Mesa, Arizona. The laptops were originally used by learners and faculty at doctoral residencies around the globe.
Arizona’s Children Association was selected because it has embarked on a paperless recordkeeping initiative as it enters its 100th year of supporting Arizona’s children and families. The laptops will help the staff achieve this important goal. It is estimated that Arizona’s Children Association has touched the lives of more than 4 million individuals in the state.
The set of laptops presented to the Save the Family Foundation will be used by children to do their homework and adults earning their GEDs, online training, career skill development and job searches.
The University’s March food drive collected nearly 11,000 pounds of nonperishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank.
St. Mary’s Food Bank receives 11,000 pounds of food
Since 2008, University of Phoenix has held food drives to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank and a nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by gathering and distributing food to those in need. The University’s March food drive collected nearly 11,000 pounds of nonperishable food items or the equivalent of 11,000 meals. In addition to annual food drives, University of Phoenix has also committed $1 million to St. Mary’s Food Bank for hunger relief.
University volunteers assisted Living Wages in Washington, D.C., for the third stop along the Road to the Gulf. Volunteers constructed garden beds, created a stone path, removed trash and painted walls and ceilings.
Road to the Gulf service projects
University of Phoenix volunteers visited Living Wages in April for the third stop along the Road to the Gulf, a volunteer initiative built in cooperation with Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network. The goal of the initiative is to recruit and activate volunteers across the country along the Road to the Gulf, which led to the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans in June.
The volunteers made a great impact in Washington, D.C., despite a harrowing spring storm. Within three hours volunteers constructed three garden beds, created a 110-foot stone path, removed 2,500 pounds of trash and painted 4,000 square feet of walls and ceilings. Living Wages is a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides adult education. The organization offers GED preparation, computer training, seminars and other services.
The Chicago Campus celebrated its last stop along the Road to the Gulf with a volunteer service project at Sayre Language Academy in Chicago. Volunteers built six bookshelves, painted five canvas murals, organized a science lab and painted three stairwells and the auditorium stage. Volunteers also assembled 500 disaster kits to benefit the Gulf region.