KTI Gives Back
KTI is committed to fostering opportunities for students, faculty and staff to share their skills and talents to better serve our communities. We’ve developed relationships with several local employers, nonprofits and other organizations to help promote their causes and achieve their missions. We love the community we live in and work, so it’s our mission as a career school to give back as often as we can.
Our Outreach Programs
The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) works with KTI to hold frequent blood drive events. A vital piece of the community, the CPBB works to promote, secure and coordinate the region’s blood supply. The CPBB is a not-for-profit organization responsible for 100 percent of the area’s blood needs. KTI students, faculty and staff are dedicated to these efforts. KTI won the 2007 College Challenge Award – competing with other area schools, KTI was honored for the greatest number of donations compared to enrollment.
March of Dimes
March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. They carry out this mission through research, community service, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives. KTI is honored to raise funds for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes in various activities, including the annual Rubber Duck Regata and WalkAmerica.
KTI is proud to participate in the Salvation Army’s Holiday Angel Tree Program, which provides gifts of new clothing or toys for children of needy families. KTI puts up a tree decorated with numbered paper angel tags including the first name, age and gender of a child who will receive the gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
Toys for Tots
KTI is an official drop-off site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots drive that delivers new toys and a message of hope to the children in the Harrisburg area. During the holiday season, KTI and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots ask people to drop off new, unwrapped toys to the collection box at KTI’s campus. Campaign coordinators pick up the collected toys and deliver them to needy children in time for the holidays.
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes more than 15 million pounds of food and grocery products every year to more than 500 soup kitchens, shelters, and food pantries in 27 central Pennsylvania counties. These agencies directly feed thousands of hungry families throughout Central Pennsylvania. KTI collects non-perishable food items from students, faculty and staff, as well as from members of the surrounding community to contribute to this worthwhile program.
Humane Society Cell Phone Recycling
In an effort to help the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA), KTI facilitates a cell phone recycling service. Collected phones are taken to HSHA for recycling. Proceeds from this effort are used by HSHA to provide food, shelter and medical care for lost, abandoned and injured animals. HSHA is an open admission shelter that serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and northern York counties and takes in more than 10,000 animals yearly. The Society does not euthanize any adoptable animals for lack of space.
Keystone Human Services Chocolatefest
To support Keystone Human Services, our culinary arts program provides chocolate inspired samplings and our students enter cakes into the cake competition. Also, our massage therapy students provide chair massages during the event. Chocolatefest benefits Keystone Human Services and allows us to provide support for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism; mental illness; children and family services, which includes programs such as Capital Area Head Start and Susquehanna Service Dogs; and programs designed to address the needs of individuals as they age.
Central PA Dress for Success and Suits to Careers
Suits to Careers, Inc. is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Through our our “Tied to Success” program, launched in 2016, we now serve men in the same capacity and have partnered with PA Work Wear (PAWW) to provide support to TANF recipients with interview & employment clothing and support.
Taste of Central PA
About 50 area restaurants, caterers, food and beverage purveyors provide samples to more than 1,000 patrons during the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s premier fundraising event. The annual Taste of Central PA takes place at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg. Each year, the event raises more than $100,000 to help feed needy midstate families. Keystone Technical Institute is proud to showcase our culinary arts specialist and baking and pastry programs by providing over 1,000 samples to help raise money to feed our midstate families.
KTI has participated in this event by providing chair massages during the health fair for the past two years. Capital BlueCross, in partnership with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, holds an annual Healthy Pet, Healthy You event, a free community health fair for you and your family, including your pet!
Every year KTI sells hundreds of daffodils in March to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. For every flower a student buys they fill out a card and KTI creates a Wall of Hope. The Daffodil Days program is your chance to fight back against cancer by raising funds and awareness to help beat the disease.
KTI Christmas for Kids
Every year we help students attending KTI by having secret Santas provide toys, clothing and other items for their children. The staff, faculty and students buy for children in need. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder buy items for each participating family as well. Each year this project serves more than 40 children.
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