For the third consecutive year, Arizona State University partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way to present Sun Devils UNITE on April 3-9 across ASU’s campuses, raising awareness and money for Arizona’s most underserved populations.
“Our goal for this week is to help raise ASU students’ awareness of the community objectives through impactful storytelling, conducting community service, raising funds and igniting a passion for social change. Sun Devils are change-makers, and collectively we can make a huge difference,” said Nathan Baker, president of the Student United Way.
The weeklong humanitarian series of events addressed the most critical challenges facing surrounding communities. Sun Devils UNITE events are hosted by student organizations to raise awareness among the ASU community about the Valley of the Sun United Way and support the objectives of the organization, to include:
• ensuring kids succeed
• ending hunger and homelessness
• increasing financial stability of families and individuals
“It is important for students to give back to the community, because it allows us to see the community outside of our general perspective,” said Alexx McGuire, a sophomore medical studies major. “It brings the community together as one and strengthens the bonds between different levels of the community.”
The philanthropic week opened April 3 at ASU Gammage with Greek Sing, the largest and oldest charitable event presented annually by fraternity and sorority men and women of ASU. With more than 300 students participating, the Greek community teamed up to create, choreograph, direct and perform musicals to raise money to benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way.
“We are very thankful for our continued relationship with Valley of the Sun United Way,” said Nicholas Sweetman, Greek Sing co-chair and member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. “Our partnership has not only allowed us to directly impact the Valley, but also better educate our fellow students on local community needs while developing a stronger sense of responsibility and concern for the communities in which they live.”
Sun Devils UNITE week culminated April 9 with Devils in Disguise, the largest student-led day of service at ASU. Student organizations at ASU participate in this project by activating volunteer sites at which to engage and encourage their fellow Sun Devils to sign up and devote a Saturday to serving the local community.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at ASU was one of many student organizations that volunteered during this special event. The group helped Hopefest prepare for its event, where thousands of uninsured, underinsured and underserved individuals receive free services including medical, dental and vision care.