The Shippensburg University chapter of PRSSA is proud to have added a new community service committee this year. Being in its first year, the committee is testing the ropes and seeing what service projects will be successful in the future years.
So far, the committee helped Tau Kappa Women’s Athletic Sorority fundraise for Project Prom Dress, which was the second annual event that reaches out to local high school girls to make prom more affordable for them. Through our posting of flyers and contacting outside organizations to help fundraise, we were able to help sell 26 dresses to very grateful girls in the community.
The committee’s next project is to help raise money to donate to Carlisle’s Project Share to help distribute food over the vast local communities around us. Among those whom the organization serves, 20 percent are seniors and 30 percent are children. We ran a fundraiser at Alfredo’s Pizza, located on Baltimore Road (in the same shopping center as Giant) on April 17 from 5–9 p.m.
Along with these two events, the PRSSA community service committee’s main project is to team up with the Turn the Pages Foundation. This organization helps children and families at underfunded schools by collecting school supplies to donate to help increase student’s attainment levels in and outside the classroom. Students always have empty pages left in their notebooks, so we will be collecting notebooks with the used pages ripped out that can be used as perfectly useable notebooks.
Along with notebooks, the Turn the Pages Foundation will also be collecting pens, pencils, markers, binders, and textbooks to children at underfunded schools around the world. The main event held at Ship is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 6. A specific time and place will be announced in the near future regarding the details for the collection day. Turn the Pages Foundation is looking to set up a table on Earth Day as well on April 22. Be aware of upcoming announcements regarding this event. Visit http://turnthepages.co for more information.
PRSSA is very happy that it was able to take on the responsibility of a new community-service committee. Do not hesitate to reach out to volunteer your time to help make a difference; there is never too much help.