Alumni Chapters Boost Communities Nationwide through ASU CARES Projects

Alumni chapters affiliated with the ASU Alumni Association strengthened communities across the United States on March 21, when they volunteered with local community-improvement events in conjunction with ASU CARES Day.

The effort marked the first time the Alumni Association spearheaded ASU CARES Day. The association’s intent was to produce a national day of civic involvement, according to Christine K. Wilkinson, president of the ASU Alumni Association. She said the events also furthered one of ASU’s goals as a New American University—social embeddedness.

“One of the university’s aspirations is to leverage its geographic location, serving and partnering with the communities that surround it,” she said. “The projects conducted by the alumni chapters on March 21 extended that geographic involvement nationwide.”

From coast to coast, Sun Devil alumni participated in a broad array of projects:

  • Atlanta – Food drive for Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Austin – Donation inventory at Capital Area Food Bank
  • Chicago – Food drive at the Cubby Bear
  • Denver – Painting, cleaning, trimming at Smith Renaissance School of the Arts
  • Kansas City – Habitat for Humanity project
  • Las Vegas – Run Away with Cirque du Soliel walk-a-thon and 1 Mile Fun Run
  • Los Angeles – beach clean-up at Dockweiler Beach
  • Minneapolis – home-improvement projects with Aeon Minnesota
  • Newport Beach – Beach clean-up
  • Philadelphia – Home improvements with Ray of Hope Project
  • Phoenix/Valley of the Sun –Improvements at St. Vincent de Paul Society facility in El Mirage and a book drive at Burton Barr Phoenix Library
  • Pittsburgh – Assisting seniors with home safety and security as part of Pitssburgh CARES
  • San Diego – Beach clean-up at Moonlight Beach
  • Tucson – Diaper drive at Udall Park
  • Washington, D. C. – Clean-up project at Magruder Park

In addition to the events elsewhere in the Phoenix metro area, the Alumni Association invited its local chapters and ASU alumni and staff living in Tempe to participate in a special clean-up project at Hayden Butte, site of the university’s beloved “A” Mountain. Working with the City of Tempe Parks & Recreation Department, volunteers assisted with plant removal along the trail system on the mountain.