Join us next week in supporting our local homeless veterans!
Partnering with Project Veterans Pride, Paradise Valley Community College is hosting its annual donation drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 9th and 10th. In light of the ongoing pandemic, this year's event will be a drive-through where donations of canned goods, dry/boxed food, and personal hygiene products can be dropped off at the college’s main campus. No clothing will be accepted this year due to COVID-19. For those wanting to contribute but cannot attend the event, a monetary donation can be made here with 100 percent of the monies going to our veteran students.
The annual drive is just one of the ways PVCC helps support our veterans. U.S. Army veterans Nathan Kelley and Rob Stimson are former Maricopa students and now oversee PVCC’s Veteran Services Office, helping student veterans navigate the benefits process.
“We are a one-stop shop for our military students,” Kelley said. “Our staff assists service members, veterans, and their families with admissions, enrollment, financial assistance, academic advising, and establishing and using Veterans Education programs.”
As a designated Veteran Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, PVCC’s Veteran Service Office also refers students to community resources, such as disability counselors or workforce development contacts, as well as providing connections and information for internal and external scholarship opportunities.
Officially, Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson celebrated the first holiday in 1919. In 1938, November 11 became a national holiday by an act of Congress. Then in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
We thank all veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country!