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home : news : local   May 29, 2016

10/30/2013 6:03:00 AM
IVCC students pitch in to help homeless (video)


Nicole Steinz of La Salle adds cheese to a bowl at Public Action to Deliver Shelter in Peru on Tuesday evening. Steinz is a student at Illinois Valley Community College and is volunteering her time on helping back to the community by serving dinner at the shelter.NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
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Nicole Steinz of La Salle adds cheese to a bowl at Public Action to Deliver Shelter in Peru on Tuesday evening. Steinz is a student at Illinois Valley Community College and is volunteering her time on helping back to the community by serving dinner at the shelter.

NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter



A group of Illinois Valley Community College students filled empty bellies and spent a lot of time with clients at the Public Action to Deliver Shelter in Peru.
On Tuesday, members of the honors society Phi Theta Kappa worked a shift as volunteers at the shelter and brought with them a potluck dinner for PADS clients.
“They all went through the training to be volunteers so they’ll get to work an actual shift,” said PADS executive director Carol Alcorn. “We’re excited to have them.”
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges in the U.S., Canada and U.S. territories. Membership requires students to maintain high academic standards and community service.
Adam Hoye, president of the honors society at IVCC, said this year’s philanthropic theme is “You are not alone.”
“We’re serving them chili and corn bread and other food potluck style,” he said. “Afterwards, we’re going to hang out with clients and get to know them and see what else we might be able to do to help them achieve a better life.”
Phi Theta Kappa members also participated in the “Out of the darkness walk” and plan to do other community service activities throughout the school year.
“I hope to make someone happy,” said IVCC student Nicole Steinz, a Phi Theta Kappa member. “I hope to show them that there are people out there that will help and never expect anything back.”

Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or countyreporter@newstrib.com.












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