Allen Bridge, ‘Doah Staff Writer
January 29, 2014
On Monday, Jan. 20, Alpha Kappa Psi held a food drive at the Wal-Mart on Pleasant Valley Drive with all food and monetary donations received going to the CCAP of Winchester.
CCAP, which stands for Congressional Community Action Project, is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that helps people in need.
They are funded through churches in the area and their purpose is solely community driven. CCAP does not receive government funding which is the case for some other organizations like the United Way.
CCAP not only gives away food but also clothes and financial assistance to those in need. CCAP’s goal is to help others in need and to improve the lives of people around them.
“I learned about CCAP in Dr. Crowley’s class last year. This project was offered to us by Alpha Kappa Psi’s alumni Jessica Richardson and Michael Madden of Shenandoah University’s Center of Public Service and Scholarship.
“I wanted to get involved with this project because the opportunity was presented to myself and it allowed me to give back to the Winchester community. It also allowed a chance for the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity to get involved as well,” said senior Myles Hairston.
The food drive started at 8:00 a.m. and lasted until 5:00 p.m. on a very chilly Monday. With all day to accept donations, Alpha Kappa Psi set out a goal to receiver one ton of food in donations for CCAP.
“Our goal as a fraternity was to collect one ton of cans or non-perishable foods in donations. My personal goal was to do something that did not benefit myself, but benefited others.
“I also wanted to let the community know that college students do actually care about the community that they live in. I wanted the community to know that even if we are here for only moments at a time, some if not all of us want to leave a positive impact here in Winchester,” said Hairston.
“We wanted to catch people’s attention to donate to CCAP. We knew we needed to bring people’s attention to the food drive but we also wanted to raise awareness for CCAP so that more people will donate at future events,” added junior Laurie Connelly.
Although the end result was not one ton of non-perishable food items, the food drive was an overall success. Alpha Kappa Psi was able to collect 519 pounds in food and $211 in donations to give to CCAP.
“Although we did not reach our goal I still consider this food drive to be a success. It was a chance to get out and do something for our community that truly felt authentic, and our bondage as a brotherhood grew closer. There were also many moments throughout the food drive that struck me.
“One woman went inside Wal-Mart just to purchase food for the food drive before she went back inside to actually shop for herself. She said she was glad that we were doing this food drive because when she first moved to the area, CCAP helped her a lot so she wanted to give back to CCAP as a thank you for helping her out in rough times,” said Hairston.
Food drives are just one of many ways to give back to the community and to CCAP. CCAP is always looking for volunteers and any type of donations for them to use to be able to give back to the community.