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Alliant in the Community

 

ALLIANT MAKES A DIFFERENCE DAY

Alliant students are important contributors to local communities surrounding our campuses. Alliant's "Make A Difference Day" in the fall is one way Alliant actively shows the University's commitment to giving back.

Here are some recent examples of how Alliant students "made a difference" across our campuses...

IRVINE CAMPUS: HACIENDA ORPHANAGE

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did:

We raised over $2,050 to support the Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. On behalf of Corazon de Vida, an organization that supports the Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico (among others), Alliant’s Irvine campus employees and students held a fundraising drive and raffle during the month prior to and after Saturday, October 25, 2008. As a part of the fundraising drive, Alliant’sIrvinecampus employees and students also held a Carnival for Alliant families with activities and sale items to raise money for this important cause. Volunteers sold t-shirts, water bottles, pumpkins, food, school supplies, and other irresistible items donated by local retail stores and restaurants.

We decided to do this because: One of our students had visited the Hacienda Orphanage and volunteered there in the past and felt a special connection to the organization. In addition, many students at theIrvinecampus felt great affinity toMexicothrough their experiences in Alliant International University’s immersion program in Mexico. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: The wellbeing of children is critical the vitality of the larger community. Healthy children are our future. Their contributions as children now and at every stage in their future lives is immeasurable and critical to all of our futures. 

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LOS ANGELES CAMPUS: ALHAMBRA RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

On behalf of Alhambra Retirement Community and Los Angeles County Hospital, we held knitting and sewing groups during the month of October 2008 to make knitted lap blankets, baby blankets, a scarf, and baby caps for children and seniors..On behalf of Alhambra Retirement Community andLos AngelesCountyHospital, we held knitting and sewing groups during the month of October 2008 to make knitted lap blankets, baby blankets, a scarf, and baby caps for children and seniors. 

We wanted to do something for vulnerable seniors and for infants starting out their lives with adversity that would give them some physical comfort while they were undergoing other discomfort that was out of their control. Also we felt that soft knitted things would assure their families that many people in the community care about the wellbeing of their loved ones, hopefully encouraging them to feel supported as well. We wanted to do something for vulnerable seniors and for infants starting out their lives with adversity that would give them some physical comfort while they were undergoing other discomfort that was out of their control. Also we felt that soft knitted things would assure their families that many people in the community care about the wellbeing of their loved ones, hopefully encouraging them to feel supported as well. 

Any comfort provided to vulnerable seniors and infants can increase their chances of thriving and more fully participating in their community. 

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AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES - WEST HOLLYWOOD 

Some Alliant employees and students have friends and relatives suffering from HIV, so there is a particular concern in Alliant’sLos Angelescampus community to support HIV research.

 Alliant employees at theLos Angelescampus raised money that will go to the AIDS Project Los Angeles foundation, whose mission is to reduce the rate of HIV infection and improve the lives of those living with HIV. Every dollar counts. 

Alliant employees at theLos Angelescampus raised money that will go to the AIDS Project Los Angeles foundation, whose mission is to reduce the rate of HIV infection and improve the lives of those living with HIV. Every dollar counts. 

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SANTA MONICA BEACH CLEANUP 

On behalf of California’s Adopt a Beach program, employees and students of Alliant International University’s Los Angeles campus joined together to clean up the Santa Monica beach on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

  Many Alliant Los Angeles campus employees feel a commitment to environmental sustainability and are concerned about theLos Angelesarea beaches.Santa Monicabeach is one of the most frequented beaches in theLos Angelesarea and in need of special care both for the safety of people and families using the beach and for marine life.

Though the core causes of the waste on the beach didn’t change, we were able to return the beach to a clean state. Our efforts also raised awareness on that day, that a clean beach matters, and everyone must do their part to keep our beaches clean and safe 

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LOS ANGELES: WOMEN HELPING WOMEN 

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of Women Helping Women, we conducted a women’s professional clothing drive during the week prior to Saturday, October 25, 2008. 

We decided to do this because: One of the faculty members knew about Women Helping Women and suggested the organization as one that could provide Alliant women with the opportunity to share their professional wardrobes with other women in need in the community. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: When women can dress appropriately during an interview, they have a better chance of making a good impression and getting that job that can help them raise their standard of living and break the cycle of unemployment or underemployment. 

How many people volunteered? 50 Alliant International University employees and students brought in clothes resulting in 30 boxes of clothes collected. 50 women were helped. 

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SACRAMENTO: LOAF AND FISHES 

Location where your Make A Difference Day project occurred:AlliantInternationalUniversity,Sacramentocampus:Sacramento,CA95833

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of Sacramentoarea’s Loaf and Fishes organization, Alliant’s Sacramento campus hosted a toilet paper drive during the week prior to Saturday, October 25, 2008. 

We decided to do this because: We have a great concern for homeless and low-income people trying to survive periods of homelessness. This project was a way for Alliant employees and students to provide a basic resource for the Loaf and Fishes service to the homeless that could make the daily lives of homeless residents easier and more dignified. This was also a way of partnering with the people running the shelters to let them know that they are not alone in this important effort of caring for our community’s homeless. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: Adequate shelter is critical to long-term health, and health is critical to fully participate in the community around us in meaningful ways. 

How many people:volunteered? 98 Alliant International Universityemployees and students brought in more than 600 rolls of toilet paper.

30,000 people were helped. We estimate that the three homeless shelters inSacramentouse 15 rolls of toilet paper per day and serve 600-1000 people per day. (Calculation: 600 / 15 = 40 days x 750 people = 30,000 people)

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SAN DIEGO: NEIGHBORWORKS 

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of Neighbor Works and Community Housing Works, employees and students from Alliant’sSan Diegocampus painted and landscaped 10 houses inCity Heights,San Diego on Saturday, October 25, 2008. 

We decided to do this because: We have a particular concern for community engagement, to improve the lives of low-income individuals and help them getting a more secure start in their lives. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: Any hope of living in a home can help provide a sense of hope and pride for a family struggling to improve their lives and emerge into a better standard of living. The more stability a family has in terms of the quality of their home and their neighborhood, the more they are able to thrive over the long run. 

30 Alliant International University employees and students volunteered.

40 people were helped. (Calculation: 10 families, average 4 people per family)

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SAN FRANCISCO: BOOKSHARE 

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of Bookshare.org, employees and students from Alliant’sSan Franciscocampus donated books to be scanned in to Bookshare.org, which is a website of textbooks scanned for people with print disabilities. 

We decided to do this because: Alliant International University is committed to providing services to students with disabilities. This project was a way for employees and students at Alliant to share their love for books and knowledge with people with print disabilities all over the world. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: People who educate themselves through access to books can educate others. There is an immeasurable ripple effect. 

How many people: volunteered? 15AlliantInternationalUniversityemployees and students volunteered. were helped? 10,000 people were helped. The many people with print disabilities around the world now have access to the 100 books that were donated. These books can now be read and reread electronically countless times over. 50 books have already been scanned into Bookshare, and the remaining 50 will be scanned in over the next few months.

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SAN FRANCISCO: FOOD BANK 

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of the San Francisco Food Bank, Alliant’sSan Franciscocampus hosted a food drive during the week prior to Saturday, October 25, 2008. 

We decided to do this because: Hunger is an ongoing problem in theUnited Statesand around the world. This food drive was a way for many Alliant employees and students to share what they have with others, whether it is one can of food or 25 pounds of food, to build awareness of the problem of hunger and to help improve the lives of others. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: Adequate nutrition and caloric intake is critical to long-term health, and health is critical to fully participate in the community around us in meaningful ways. 

How many people: volunteered? 30 Alliant International University employees and students brought in food resulting in 255 pounds of food collected.

50 people were helped. (estimate 5 pounds of food per person)

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SAN FRANCISCO: ACTIVITY BAGS 

On Make A Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25, this is what we did: On behalf of Oakland Children’s Hospital, we made available a crafts table during the month of October 2008, so employees and students on Alliant’s San Francisco campus could make activity bags, encouragement cards and origami figures to encourage hospitalized children. 

We decided to do this because: This project was a way for employees and students on Alliant’sSan Franciscocampus to use their creative energy to create things that would encourage children to maintain their hope and optimism while facing their healing challenges. This was also a way to send a message to the children that many people care about them—that their healing has great value to the community. 

What we did will have long-term effect because: The wellbeing of children is critical the vitality of the larger community. Healthy children are our future. Their contributions as children now and at every stage in their future lives is immeasurable and critical to all of our futures. 

75 Alliant International University employees and students participated.

1,225 children were helped. The volunteers made 22 cloth bags stuffed with activity play items, 134 encouragement cards, and 150 origami figures for lunch trays. We calculated that these items went to 306 children, which might have brought hope and support to them and also to their families. (Calculation: 306 x 4 people per family = 1225)

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