Community Service

Valley of the Sun IMA 2017-2018 Community Service Events

In 2016-2017 we had a phenomenal year of Community Service! Thank you to all members who participated in our Community Service events by giving their time or by bringing donations of items including bottles of water, holiday gifts for children, and non-perishable food. As a group, we gave over 370 hours to the community and helped raise $4,275.00.

2017-2018 will prove to be another great year of community service for our organization.  Below is a list of activities that we are planning on contributed our time and resources to:

 

Salvation Army "Adopt a Family"

Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, December 7, 2017

It is that time again – time to spread some Christmas Cheer!!

We have partnered with the Salvation Army and have adopted a family that finds themselves in need.  Let’s all come together to make sure that our family has a Very Merry Christmas!  We will be providing a minimum of 2 toys for the children as well as an outfit and shoes.

On November 14th, we will have the Angels that you can take in order to purchase gifts / clothes / shoes / stocking stuffers for the family.

On December 12th, we will be collecting the gifts and other items to deliver to the Salvation Army.

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Bottled Water Drive for Salvation Army - July 8, 2015

1507 IMAAZ Water driveChris Fritsch and Trey Ballard are pictured right with our water collected for the 2015 Bottled Water Drive.

As we all know, the summers in Arizona are extremely hot, and temperatures above 110 degrees are not uncommon. Water is a necessity, especially for those who are homeless or without shelter during the day.

Our chapter held a bottled water drive on July .  Members generously contributed 75 cases of water and a total of $270. All donations were donated to the Salvation Army of Tempe, Arizona.

IMA School Supply Drive - August 18, 2015

Back to Shool Clothing Drive Donations

Thank you to our members who donated to the school supply drive.  The supplies that were collected went the Worldly Kids for their back to School Drive.  This year the organization gave filled backpacks to over 5,000 underprivileged students from across the Valley of the Sun.  The backpacks are filled with the necessary school supplies so that they can start the year off prepared.   The estimated value on the donations collected was $500.  Great job everyone!

 

IMA Walk to Defeat ALS - October 24, 20151510 ALS Walk 2015 final

This will be our 8th year of participating in this walk. We hope you help in the wonderful cause and raise well over our goal of $1500. This year we had 6 Chapter members, friends and family walked the 5K Walk to Defeat ALS, led by Team Captain and Chapter President, Deb Michalowski.  We joined up with Team Joe, having a combined group of over 20 people.  Above is the combined IMA Valley of the Sun & Team Joe walkers to Defeat ALS.  Way to go everyone!

 

 

Worldly Kids Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program – November/December 2015,

1312 Salvation Army Collection corrected cropOur chapter adopted a Family and was  “Santa” for a mom and 3 children this year.

This year our chapter "adopted" a family that included a mom and her 3 children for the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program.  The  family was given multiple toys, clothing, and necessary home essentials.  Our donations will help the family restart their new life and also provided a Christmas for the children.  Our chapter gave generously and surpassed our donations from last year.  Thank you to all who participated and donated to this wonderful family.

 

The Grand Canyon University Student Chapter takes on the FDIC Money Smart Program - January 2015

The FDIC MoneySmart training took place on January 9, 2015.  There were 9 Grand Canyon University students that attended, Donna DeMilia , Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, facilitated the class.  The students that participated are scheduled to present at Florence Crittenton on a monthly basis. In addition, the students will participate in Be a Leader Foundation in March, April and May.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax Preparer Refresher Course

Saturday, January 9, 2016 8:30 am-4:30 pm, DeVry University: 2149 West Dunlap Phx.

VITA is an important program offered by the IRS to train individuals to prepare basic income tax returns for low to moderate income families. This is a free service to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. As a VITA volunteer you learn how to prepare income tax and inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. This year the training was be held at DeVry University.  We have 23 people from our chapter training to help this important cause at various locations throughout the Valley.

Saturday, January 30, 2016 8:30 am-4:00 pm, Special Olympics, Phoenix Open.

1601 Phoenix OpenVITA is an important program offered by the IRS to train individuals to prepare basic income tax returns for low to moderate income families. This is a free service to provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. As a VITA volunteer you learn how to prepare income tax and inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. This year the training was be held at DeVry University.  We have 23 people from our chapter training to help this important cause at various locations throughout the Valley.

Heart Walk: Number Crunchers Team - March 19, 2015

1603 Heart Walk

 

Imagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020! Our team, The Number Crunchers joined the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to promote physical activity, build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Laura Mangan and her 6 team of volunteers from ASWA/IMA raised $1050 for the Heart Walk.

 

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society Auction - Saturday, March 14th

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AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society’s mission is to promote the management and increase the population of bighorn sheep in Arizona. Our chapter has supplied cashiers for the Arizona Bighorn Sheep Society Fundraising Banquet for over 19 years! This year we again had 2 volunteers that worked from 2:30pm to 11:00pm to help this worthwhile cause. The volunteers were from our Grand Canyon Student Chapter.  This is a great way to volunteer for a cause and encourage student participation.

For the last seven years our chapter has been awarded honors for Community Service!  Let's make 2015-2016 another award winning year!

Congratulations to our past directors and all who participated in the events for the past  years:

2015-2016: 1st Place (Chris Fritsch, Director)
2014-2015: 1st Place (Patti Hammond, Director)
2013-2014: 1st Place (Patti Hammond, Director)
2012-2013: 1st Place (Chris Fritsch, Director)
2011-2012: 1st Place (Diane Hewlett, Director)
2010-2011: 1st Place (Cathy Guerriero, Director)
2009-2010: 3rd Place (Cathy Guerriero, Director)
2008-2009: 1st Place (Cheryl Brock, Director)