Student Psychology Club Raised funds Through T-Shirt Campaign

Student Syntyche Tone (far right) presents the check to NAMI affiliates (from left) Jarel Bishop, Barbara Aikens, and Shelby Secor.

Kaplan University's Psychology Club recently completed a 30-day t-Shirt campaign and donated $600 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Orlando. 

NAMI is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families, according to the organization's website.

KU Psychology Club board members Randi Manderson and Syntyche Toney who live locally in the greater Orlando area delivered a BIG check (as seen in the picture) to NAMI Greater Orlando along with a gift basket and pizza.    

"The students enjoyed the networking opportunities, and were able to speak to professionals and volunteers who work for NAMI," said Dr. Bridget Rivera, Kaplan University undergraduate psychology full-time faculty member and the Psychology Club's faculty advisor mentor.

The Club's president, Paula Lovell, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Psychology program, wanted to pursue a philanthropic endeavor, which sparked great enthusiasm for a notable project which grew into a rewarding collaboration between the club, the University, and NAMI Greater Orlando.  

The Club's executive board, which consists of Paula Lovell, Teresa Heier, and Randi Manderson, with the mentorship of Dr. Rivera, took leadership of the project. The Board decided to conduct a t-shirt campaign to raise funds for an organization of the Club's choice. After a Club-wide vote, which consisted of more than 200 votes, NAMI was the selected organization for the fundraiser. 

The Club promoted the campaign by using our "Kaplan proud" slogan through social media sites, their newsletter, email blasts, and posting announcements in their classrooms. A total of 84 t-shirts were sold. 

Due to the outreach conducted by Randi Manderson, a special relationship was formed between the Club and NAMI Greater Orlando. Eric Welch, NAMI Greater Orlando's Executive Director graciously agreed to speak at the Club's general meeting and discuss the work NAMI Greater Orlando is doing after the tragic Orlando night club shooting. In addition, he spoke about the services NAMI offers and ways to get involved, including the different duties volunteers and interns perform. 

"The Club is looking forward to welcoming back Eric Welch to their next meeting in which he will speak on legislation and the implications of mental health," said Dr. Rivera. 

Kaplan University's Psychology Club has now selected NAMI Greater Orlando as its legacy charity and an official partner. Psychology Club members are looking forward to the next campaign with requests for sweatshirts. 

The Kaplan University Psychology Club is a student-run organization with more than 400 members for psychology majors encouraging leadership through the sharing of experience, wonder, and knowledge of psychology.

Faculty and staff can advise students to email to become a member of the club.

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