Some events deserve the share, and the following two events stood out in our chapter last fall!
‘Shop with a Cop’ Outreach Event
During the end of the previous semester, SWE reached out to the community by helping paint paper bags for the ‘Shop With A Cop’ program. Shop With A Cop is designed to establish goodwill between local law enforcement agencies and families experiencing hardships. The program provides children (selected and referred by public and private organizations) the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts with a local officer. Instead of allocating funds to gift wrap the presents, bags were painted for the event so excess costs could be eliminated. SWE partnered with Mary Catherine Tennant, an alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the spearhead of the bag painting program, who provided us with paint, glitter, strings, cotton balls, and other arts and crafts items to decorate bags for the children, and in turn exposed the child within us! The activity helped as a huge stress reliever before finals week began, and we eagerly look forward to this event once again this semester.
As part of our efforts to educate our members on the structure of SWE at the regional level, we invited the Phoenix Professional section on Nov 16th, 2014 to talk more about their section, and to get to meet some of their members. The event was a huge success, and we are enthusiastic about future opportunities of involvement between the two sections.