Donation drives are a great way to collect goods and monetary gifts to help families in need. They can also be a fun and effective team-building activity. NSLS student leaders are hosting a donation drive in partnership with Phoenix-based UMOM New Day Centers the week of Nov. 12 to help the homeless in our community. The week will end with an event Friday, Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, to sort and pack the donated items. Items can be dropped off any day that week at Rio Salado in Tempe, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or during the late afternoon event. Students, alumni and employees - as well as Rio Salado community members - are invited to participate. The event is scheduled during national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Tara Hayman, a student leader for NSLS Rio Salado Chapter said, “Homelessness does not discriminate and can impact anyone. It is so important to join in movements to end it! Volunteer, donate, educate to help those in need.”
Antonette Pearson, a co-leader with Hayman, shared similar sentiments.
“To overlook homelessness is to overlook humanity,” she said. “Regardless of economic status, homelessness affects us all. Community efforts and support are one of the many solutions to ending homelessness.”
"Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in." – Asa Don Brown
About UMOM New Day Centers
UMOM New Day Centers is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1964 in Phoenix, Arizona. UMOM restores hope and rebuilds lives by providing shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing Homelessness. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual. Every night we provide safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 homeless families. We also offer nearly 300 units of affordable housing across the Valley, each with special Program Centers for residents. To learn more about UMOM, visit https://umom.org/.
About NSLS Rio Salado Chapter’s
The NSLS chapter at Rio Salado College was started in 2013. Currently the chapter has more than 1,000 members. Our local chapter is part of a larger national organization with 700+ chapters and more than 1.4 million members. Students are invited to join the NSLS at Rio Salado based on academic achievement, number of credits completed, and a desire to help students succeed and improve their leadership skills. The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. To learn more about the National Society of Leadership & Success, visit the NSLS website.