Instead of taking the day off on Tuesdays when the academy is free from training, Barca Residency Academy twin brothers Andrew and Nicholas DeLapp use their “rest” day to team up with local volunteer organization “Catalysts Helping Increase Potential” (CHiP) to serve the community.
“This semester, Andrew and I have been really interested in helping out the community through volunteering,” said Nicholas. “The idea came about because we have always loved helping people and we weren’t picky on the ways that we could help”.
The pair began volunteering with CHiP in March thanks to ASU Prep – Casa Grande English Teacher, Amy Ramirez, who connected the two with ASU Prep Learning Success Coach and CHiP CEO, Richard Cunningham.
Formed in June 2021, CHiP is a volunteer organization who serves the less fortunate in the greater Casa Grande community. “Our emphasis it taking someone, wherever they are in life and whatever is going on in life, from where they are to self-sufficiency,” said Cunningham. “We walk alongside our participants, from beginning through self-sufficiency and also provide after-care”.
The program includes a food distribution that takes place on Tuesdays. Forgoing their rest day, the DeLapp twins join CHiP in preparing and serving homecooked meals, snack bags, and food boxes as well as everyday basics including hygiene kits, clothing, and bedding to those in need.
“It’s very fun to talk to the people and give them something to look forward to [each week],” said Andrew. “No matter how small the effort is, I love helping my community and knowing that I am making someone’s day”.
Barca Residency Academy would like to thank Andrew and Nicholas DeLapp for their selflessness, going above and beyond, and for being great reflections of the Academy’s core values: HEART (humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork).