Alumni Association network in Phoenix set to bag groceries

October 6, 2011
By Chris Saunders

National Wolfpack Service Day is on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Members in Alumni Association networks across the country will participate in service projects. We wanted to give our alumni a glimpse at what is going on in specific networks, so we talked with Tony Betts ’99, leader of the  Phoenix Alumni Network, about what is happening with NC State alumni in Arizona.

How large is your network, and how many members will participate in National Wolfpack Service Day on October 15? We have about 10-15 people that attend regularly. This year we’re going to have about 10 people.

What is the best thing about your network? I think that the strongest asset is having the networking aspect for alumni. An example is one of our alumna was looking for a place to live and found a connection. It’s having those connections.

What event do you have planned for National Wolfpack Service Day? We’re going to volunteer at St. Mary’s

Participants at last year's National Wolfpack Service Day in Phoenix, Ariz., where they partnered with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Participants at last year's National Wolfpack Service Day in Phoenix, Ariz., where they partnered with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Food Bank. They are the largest food bank in Arizona. They provide 300,000 meals each day in the community through their partner agencies. What we’ll be doing is working at one of their warehouses. We’ll prepare shopping carts. In the warehouse, there’ll be loaves of bread, fruits and vegetables, etc. And we prepare shopping bags. It’s a week’s worth of food for them.

Why have you chosen to partner with that organization? We did it last year. We were looking for something for something that we could really impact the community with. In these economic times, we knew it was something that could make that impact with what’s happening.

What is it that alumni will gain from participating in the event? The feeling that you’ve been out there and helped better the community. You’ve given back to the community. …I did service projects at NC State so it kind of just carried on after I graduated.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Tony at phxpack@msn.com

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