One of the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa is Community Service and there are
a number of ways that you can participate. Here is a list of our most
recent and future activities:
Past, Current, and Future Events
Jonas Brother's Sign Cuyamaca
Shirt for Phi Theta Kappa! A Cuyamaca Student Body T-Shirt was
signed by The Jonas Brothers for Vice President of Service, Suzette
Sinclair's daughter and was presented to the Cuyamaca Associated
Student Government as a fund-raising item. The shirt will be
auctioned off on Ebay to reach a larger crowd of age appropriate
"I Love A Clean San Diego"
Canyon Cleanup! Volunteers from one high school, service groups
such as the YMCA and armed service members, two colleges, including
Cuyamaca Chapter Phi Theta Kappa, and other volunteers got together
and cleaned up 2720 pounds of trash and 592 pounds of recycling in
an impressive two hours one morning by caring enough to get
involved. Without these volunteers, all of the trash would still be
in the canyon habitat, on the streets, and eventually in the ocean,
harming wildlife along the way.
Donations to Soldiers Angels:
Phi Theta Kappa made blankets and signed cards for our troops. The
blankets, shown in red, white, and blue, were made to go to soldiers
that are returning from overseas. The Christmas cards were signed
with words of encouragement for soldiers who are currently overseas.
This donation was just a small token of our thanks and
acknowledgement for all they do!
Alpha Pi Omicron Chapter President Chuck
Taylor and Recording Secretary Jamie Bruce stuffed envelopes for
Rescue Task Force. The newsletter consisting of 2200 envelopes were
stuffed by over 20 volunteers from the community at The East County
Chamber of Commerce in El Cajon on October 27, 2008.
Project Graduation: Feed a Body -
Feed a Mind!
When it comes to fighting hunger and illiteracy in our
community, you can change bodies, minds, and lives. Change your
community: Donate today! Help community outreach agencies and
literacy organizations combat continual shortages. Bring
non-perishable food items and books to drop off at designated
locations on campus. All items collected will be donated locally.
Together, we can all feed a body, and feed a mind.
Happy Hearts for Hurting Heroes:
Cuyamaca College Trustee and Alpha Pi
Omicron Chapter President Chuck Taylor and members of Phi Theta
Kappa joined over 80 volunteers from the local VFW, Women's
Auxiliary, Military Wives and Family members, Boy Scouts and local
community members to volunteer for The Rescue Task forces "Happy
Hearts for Hurting Heroes" campaign. Their mission was to fill
backpacks for combat-wounded veterans who were medevaced off of the
battlefields of Iraq. Each Backpack contained over 80 items -
everything from socks to playing cards and then were given to the
hospitalized veterans. Cuyamaca College's Alpha Pi Omicron Chapter
was featured on the KUSI channel 9 evening news!
RELAY FOR LIFE
June 24th, 2006 at Granite Hills High School, Cuyamaca College Phi
Theta Kappa “Night Howlers” participated along with several other
teams to raise money for the American Cancer Society . This
overnight event celebrated survivorship and raised $35,000 to
conquer cancer. Out of the $35,000 that was raised, $975.00 was
contributed by the Alpha Pi Omicron Chapter “Night Howlers.”
Kappa has twice been recognized as the top collegiate contributor.
The games and
fun were endless and the turnout was a huge success despite the 100
As the event
went into the evening Jim Hannibal, Automotive Instructor at
Cuyamaca College performed Native American music during the sunset
Omicron Chapter not only raised $975.00 but donated fifteen gallons
of ice cream, eight-hundred ice cream cones and $300.00 worth of
extra supplies. Phi Theta Kappa members pounded the pavement in El
Cajon asking for donations and their time! Da Boyz Pizza graciously
donated twenty large pizzas as well as delivered them to the event.
Cuyamaca College furnished eighty chairs twenty-five tables & two
ended on Sunday at 9:30am with a pancake breakfast that was to die
Relay for Life coming 2009!
KEEP AMERICA CLEAN
– OPERATION GREEN
This is a new
program called “Operation Green: Improving Our Community” which is
an International Service Program for Phi Theta Kappa. Alpha Pi
already has several projects in progress and several others being
Beautiful, in partnership with local affiliates, seeks solutions to
the issues that mark the basic challenges to “quality of life.”
While the tactics used may be different in each community, their
goals are uniform.
Beautiful strives to:
community blight by tackling graffiti and litter
· improve the
environment and its ecosystems by building or revitalizing parks,
waterways, and public spaces
· reduce waste
through reuse and recycling programs
awareness through education and public service messages.
Beautiful is challenging Phi Theta Kappa chapters to look closely at
the needs of your community, to engage your faculty members and
fellow students in meaningful action, to broadcast your successes,
to educate, and, above all, to take personal responsibility for the
world around you. If we accomplish this together, we will all be
doing our part to keep America beautiful.
materials we recycle have value to manufacturers, and thus can
create a revenue stream for fundraising. Recycling events are also
great ways to get communities working together, and to educate all
ages in the process.
America Beautiful by using the recycling receptacles on while at
WELCOMES ALPHA PI OMICRON
Kappa Officers are gearing up for another delivery of hand-made
crocheted lap blankets to be delivered to the spinal cord injury
ward at the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla. Where does Alpha Pi
Omicron get these blankets? They are crochet by an eighty-four year
old woman who wishes to remain anonymous. When asked why she gives
her beautiful blankets to the VA, she replied, “Whether the person
has been touched by tragedy, or needs encouragement , we can give
them something warm and cozy to wrap around them, like a hug from a
friend, plus it gives me something to do!”
On July 29th, 2008
Rescue Task force and Phi Theta Kappa converged on the local VFW in
El Cajon, CA along with other members of the community to build 80
backpacks for the "Happy Hearts for Hurting Heroes".
severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airman and Sailors are often
medevaced within three days of being injured. In the process
they are separated from their personal belongings and arriving
stateside in a hospital gown, sometimes in the field uniform (BDU)
that they were wearing when injured. They receive great medical care
from hospital staff and great appreciation from Rescue Task Force's
Rescue Task Force
delivers unique Back Packs full of necessities including warm
sweats, t-shirts, flip flops, full shaving bag and much more. Many
go directly into isolation/quarantine and are alone, separated from
family, fellow team members and face an unknown future. Each Back
Pack also contains "Heart Medicine"- entertainment items including
cell phone & minutes, Gameboy & games, CD player & CD's and most
important, a letter of Thanks to let them know they are NOT
TO DATE RTF HAS
DELIVERED 531 BACK PACKS~!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE
Graduation - Coming June 2009
Cancer Society “Relay for Life” - Coming 2009
force “ efforts to rebuild major disaster communities like Katrina,
Books “literacy program”
Omicron will be presenting a “Welcome to Cuyamaca College” banner to
the college and students to be displayed over the entrance of the
F-Building for the fall semester
“Keep America Beautiful”
Program “ information on Scholarships, Two years colleges, and Phi
Theta Kappa benefits