Throughout the past week, resident assistants Alycia LaLuz and David Maldonado travelled across Shippensburg University campus selling $2 shaving cream pies in order to raise money for the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition (SCRC).
The homecoming court announced its selection of the charity on Monday, Oct. 4, and dedicated all proceeds of their sales to the cause.
Originally founded in 2010, the SCRC works to provide safe and accessible services and youth programs to communities. The members aspire to help each person in their community see their worth and reach their full potential.
Since Shippensburg falls between Franklin and Cumberland counties, community members can have a difficult time finding resources, and some of these county’s resources do not extend to Shippensburg.
The SCRC works with existing stakeholders to meet educational and community needs not currently met. Some of the programs and service activities provided by SCRC include youth summer scholarship programs, youth food security programs, a teen leadership club and a food service called Hound Packs, which provides food-insecure students with backpacks of meals for each weekend.
In order to raise money for SCRC, homecoming court members LaLuz and Maldonado have gone across campus holding their “Pie an RA” event. “I wanted to do a ‘Pie an RA!’ event ever since I became an RA in 2019. However, with getting sent home early my first year and COVID restrictions my second as an RA it wasn’t until this year that I had the opportunity to combine that idea with raising money for Homecoming,” LaLuz said.
They went to each dorm selling students $2 shaving cream pies, informing them they can pick any RA working at the table to pie. Though they are RAs for McCune Hall, they went to RAs from other dorms to help with the cause so that students can choose to pie their own RA.
As well as selling pies to students, Maldonado set up a gofund.me to raise money. Their goal is to raise $1,000 by homecoming weekend.
To support the cause, visit: www.gofund.me/3941c418. For more information on SCRC, visit: www.shipresources.org