MARQUETTE - The TRio Club of Bay Community College elected to do a service project for Beacon House that would help many of their Upper Peninsula neighbors experiencing a medical crisis.
Referencing the not for profit's Wish List, students collected items needed by the organization to help support its operations. The club gathered non-perishable food items, paper products, laundry soap, toiletries and office supplies that will aid in providing shelter and other supportive services for guests.
"These students made the effort and gave of themselves to help others. Every donation they collected helps to stretch Beacon House's budget dollars, enabling the organization to aid more patients and their families. Now, more than ever, we need groups like the TRio Club to help Beacon House take care of families," said Kellie Barry-Angeli, director of operations for the 10-year old organization.
Shown delivering donations to Beacon House are, from the left: Christopher Servant, Carrie Wilder, program director Jill Wiese-Martin, Amanda McKenna, writing specialist Erica Mead and Ashley Stevenson.
The club is part of the TRio Student Support Services Program at Bay College and provides opportunities for academic and career development for college students who are either first-generation, low income, or disabled. It is primarily funded through a five-year grant authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Beacon House is the Upper Peninsula's Hospitality House, located on Third Street in Marquette.