CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus providing truckload of winter warmth
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The recent frost warnings in Pinal County sent a shivering reminder that Arizona doesn’t boast year-round temperatures in the triple digits.
The cold also points out the need to gather winter gear for those struggling in this difficult economy.
For the last four years, the support staff at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus has sponsored a Coat and Winter Warmth Drive for the community of Apache Junction through the Genesis Project.
“The Genesis Project is an organization that provides clothing, food, volunteer opportunities and outreach to those in the community who have seen difficult times,” Julie O’Neil, the library assistant at the Superstition Mountain Campus and one of CAC’s point people for the program, explained. “Some of the individuals being helped by Genesis are our very own students and their families.”
Over the last few weeks, support staff members have collected a truckload of donations, including sweaters, coats, blankets, shoes, children’s clothing and toys, and food.
“Apache Junction is very much a small town, and there are many residents who depend on the kindness of their fellow citizens,” she said. “This attention to our local community has reinforced connections with city and service agencies, as well as potential students of all ages who wish to improve their skills and lives in general. We will continue our effort and fundraising for these very special projects to support the community.”
In addition to the CAC support staff, O’Neil gives kudos to the leadership of coordinator Deborah Ross-Atanasio, the CAC faculty, staff, students who participated, and Pat Wagaman of Genesis, whose generosity and time makes a positive difference in people’s lives.
For more information on the Genesis Project, or if you are interest in making a donation, please contact Wagaman at the Genesis Project by calling 480-225-7757.