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Have gently used clothing/shoes that could be worn to a job interview (doesn't cost a thing)? A few cans of dog or cat food? A box of granola bars or fruit juice? Beans, pasta, peanut butter or other food for needy ASU students? There's a lot that can be done with little effort by any one of us if we work together.
Each year, the Department of English's CARE Committee conducts fall "giving" drives to benefit local organizations. This fall, we'll be partnering with the following organizations to help provide items on their needs lists.
About: Central Arizona Shelter Services, founded 1984, works to end homelessness and has specific programs for veterans, employment services, housing, case management, and child and family development. CASS runs two shelters (one for single adults and one for family emergencies) and gives tours of its facilities.
Needs: Gently used clothing and shoes suitable for clients to wear on job interviews.
Where to Donate: Placing clothing donations on or under the clothing rack across from Kristen LaRue-Sandler's office, RBHL 170 G (inside main office suite to the left).
About: Mild Cats operates on ASU's campuses throughout the Valley. Members trap, neuter, and release the cats that find their ways through abandonment or birth to our campuses. Cats are also fed and taken to vets for emergency service. If you look under a hedge and see a bowl, it's probably a Mild Cats feeding spot. At least two members of Mild Cats work in the Department of English: Karen Adams and Bruce Matsunaga.
Needs: Canned or dry cat food, money donations* (checks to them are fine), or other articles that might be helpful like bowls or carriers.
Where to donate: CARE donation box in the department lobby or main office
About: Wild Horse Ranch Rescue was recommended to Karen Dwyer by Writing Programs Instructor Debbie Schwartz who had volunteered there over a year and was planning to adopt one of the horses right before she died from a fall while camping last year. We adopted Wild Horse in part because they adopt out dogs and cats as well as horses but in large part to honor Debbie's work with them. They sent a very nice email remembering her work.
Needs: Dry or canned cat or dog food, money donations* (checks to them are fine)
Where to Donate: CARE donation box in the lobby or in the main office and yep, it's the same box as for Mild Cats
About: Pitchfork Pantry was begun by ASU students for ASU students in January of this year. One founder said in an interview that she had friends leave ASU because they didn't have enough to eat. We'd also like to remind members of our department that graduate students too face food insecurity. By donating to Pitchfork you may be donating to your own students. There are two locations (which are struggling to stay open): Downtown and Tempe.
Needs: Pasta, beans, peanut butter, rolled oats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, canned chicken, quinoa, canned stews, whole grain cereals, brown rice, olive or canola oil, etc. I cribbed this list from the internet. We may get more specific requests from Pitchfork later. We'll try to find out if they accept checks.*
Where to Donate: CARE donation box either in the lobby or in the main office and yep, it's the same box as for Mild Cats and Wild Horse Ranch (we'll sort)
About: Tempe Union High School District last year had just under 200 homeless students (which means that they met the criteria of the McKinney-Vento Congressional Act). Not only do these students face homelessness, but they face food insecurity throughout the school day. We work with the school district social worker and, this year for the first time, a McKinney-Vento district liaison. Donations are taken to Marcos de Niza High School where the social worker has an office. We provide about one third of all the food available for the district's homeless students.
Needs: Granola bars, fruit juice, ramen, cheese or peanut butter crackers (we may get more information later)
Where: Tina Norgren's office, RBHL 130, between 9 am – 2 pm. Please call first: 480-965-3224
*Please contact Karen Dwyer (Karen.Dwyer@asu.edu or 480-965-8140).to make arrangements for monetary donations.
Watch for information about our "Adopt-a-Family" drives later this fall!