Commitment to Community

New!Phoenix Rescue Mission Recognizes Dream Center Education Holdings

The Phoenix Rescue Mission recognized Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) at its annual luncheon with the Outstanding School Drive Award for its donation of 3,000 cases of water to the Code: Red Bottled Water Drive. Collectively, the DCEH Office in Chandler collected 1,411 cases over the months of June and July, which was matched by the DCEH Cabinet (and increased).

The entirety of Phoenix Rescue Mission's Code: Red campaign throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area collected over 1.3 million bottles of water for homeless heat relief.

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  • Tampa Volunteers Build Bikes for Veterans & Military Families

    Recently, volunteers from Argosy University, Tampa helped to build bikes for the Diversity Action Coalition's (DAC) second annual Bike Build for veterans and military families. Jeff Day, campus president, Argosy University, Tampa offered up space on campus for storage, support, and bike building.

    Diversity Action Coalition focuses on inspiring, empowering and engaging the community to assist military families and veterans in the Tampa Bay area. This year's bike build was funded by a grant from Forester Financial.

    In total, 19 new bikes were built at this event.

    Also during the festivities, Carson Bassett was commissioned as a second lieutenant United States Air Force.

    "There is nothing like coming together as a community to create a remarkable experience for veterans and active military families in need," said Jeff Day.

    Other event contributors included: Jammal Engineering, Inc, MHCV, Knights of Columbus - Tampa Chapter, Society of St Joseph - Christ the King, and the Stargardt Family.

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  • South University, West Palm Beach Students Get Local Kids Ready For Back To School

    South University, West Palm Beach Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students worked side-by-side with faculty from their campus to provide school physicals for 400 students at two separate sites for the Palm Beach County Office of Community's Back to School Bash, designed to help children in need get the support and services they need before heading back to school.

    The South University BSN students initiated the screenings with registration, height, weight, BMI, blood pressure and vision testing. The MSN students completed the physical examinations, and provided teaching for the students and their parents.

    See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    South University, West Palm Beach is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2987.

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  • DCEH Helps Kids in Need Foundation with Backpack Build

    DCEH employees in Chandler recently participated in a Backpack Build for the Kids in Need Foundation which benefitted two charities: Operation Back to School Chandler and Pappas Kids. The team stuffed 110 backpacks full of school supplies to give to local children in need.

    Last year in total, the Foundation was able to reach and serve 6.2 million students and 200,000 teachers.

    "We believe that school supplies DO change lives, and we thank you for your help to accomplish our vision by supporting the School Ready Supplies program. We are extremely grateful and appreciate all you do for our kids. You, too, are a part of their lives," said Renay Dossman, executive director of the Kids in Need Foundation.

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  • Superheroes Visit Ai Pittsburgh to Battle Illness

    Superheroes. Superheroes inspire and encourage; they lift spirits; they are a force for good; and they never, never give up. Monday, October 15, 2018 became Superhero Day at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to support and encourage children battling serious illnesses, and to recognize them as the superheroes that they truly are.

    Through the Community Arts Resource Exchange program (CARE) at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Design Studio students joined forces with Superheroes Believe in Miracles to create a new logo for the nonprofit and to hold a superhero photoshoot featuring 12 kids battling serious illnesses. Faculty, staff and students all came together to support the precious, young visitors and their families. Many of them wore superhero t-shirts or costumes, while others simply made time to stop by, smile and say hello to the children and their families. Campus staff transformed a classroom into a welcoming waiting area where the children and their siblings colored, decorated flashlights with superhero stickers, played videogames on Xbox One X, enjoyed snacks, and received welcome bags with stuffed dinosaurs and their superhero outfits. The children suited up to prepare for their superhero photoshoot.

    Jameek Booth ( Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography student ) took photographs of each child dressed as a superhero in the campus photo studio. Faculty member and Design Studio instructor, Shawn O'Mara, along with his student Hayden Whiting ( Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production ) and Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design students Seth Povich, Maura Bruce-Parkes, Caleigh Poorman, Wade Wynn and Kaelyn Miragliotta filled various roles in producing the photoshoot. Hayden filmed both the shoot and interviews he had held with the children and their families. The footage will be used to create a video for the nonprofit. The photographs will be used to create a 2019 calendar and a superhero poster for each child. Calendars will be sold to raise funds to support the nonprofit and the kids they serve. The calendars should be available for purchase early December 2018 from the organization's Facebook page or website. The new logo, posters and video are slated to be unveiled around the same time.

    About Superheroes Believe in Miracles

    Superheroes Believe in Miracles is a local nonprofit that provides birthday gifts to kids (ages 0 - 19) that are battling serious, chronic or mental illness. The purpose: to bring smiles to children's faces. Each gift includes a superhero mask and a personalized card based on the child's interests and favorite color. According to the organization's website, Superheroes Believe in Miracles has delivered over 8,000 gifts to children with illnesses across the United States since their inception in 2013.

    Amy Faltot, founder of the charity, says that her children are healthy, but her son's premature birth, and the difficulties that ensued, prompted the creation of Superheroes Believe in Miracles. Amy spent four difficult, lonely months in the hospital not knowing if her son would live. She avoided reaching out to other people for support because she did not want to burden them with her problems. Through this experience, Amy thought about families with children who have illnesses. She felt that a small gift could bring a smile to the child's and family members' faces, and that could make a difference. Amy was also in awe of the strength of these children. The combination of these realizations inspired her to create Superheroes Believe in Miracles, a registered 501c3. Amy truly believes that these children are the real superheroes.

    Families and superheroes enjoy activities in the waiting room prior to their photoshoot. Digital Photography student Jameek Booth in the photo studio with Evan Brauch as Spiderman and his dad, Kyle Brauch. Amy with her husband, Justin faltot, and two of their three children, Alexis and Anderson

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