Physician Assistant Student Organization at
Springfield College Raises $750 for MHA

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Last year, members of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Student Organization (PASO) held a volleyball tournament with proceeds benefiting the Mental Health Association (MHA). Not surprisingly, the PASO volleyball tournament planned for spring 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, but that did not dissuade members of the student group from finding a way to raise funds for MHA.

“Our volleyball tournament was cancelled in the spring due to Covid-19, but the members of PASO still wanted to raise money for MHA,” said Alexandria Perrone, President of the Physician Assistant Student Organization at Springfield College. “MHA is an organization based here in Springfield that works to provide mental health services and counseling to individuals in our local community. Members of PASO planned and carried out a virtual fundraiser where club members, families and friends could donate a set amount to be entered in a drawing for prizes such as gift cards donated by local restaurants. The PASO virtual fundraiser took place during PA Week, October 6 to 12, 2020, and we announced giveaway winners through email and social media. Social distancing made things a little harder, but with some creativity and effort we raised $750 for MHA!”

“Even though members of PASO couldn’t hold their volleyball tournament in person this year, it didn’t prevent them from applying their time, talent and energy to put on a virtual event to benefit MHA,” said Kimberley A. Lee, VP Resource Development and Branding for MHA. “We admire their resolve and respect their commitment to help people feel better and live their best life. We are thrilled that PASO has again chosen to support the important work of MHA.”

About MHA:

What We Do
MHA (Mental Health Association) helps people live their best life. We provide access to therapies for emotional health and wellness; services for substance use recovery, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury; services for housing and residential programming, and more. With respect, integrity and compassion, MHA provides each individual served through person-driven programming to foster independence, community engagement, wellness and recovery.

Why We Matter
The youth, adults, seniors and families we serve want the same things in life as anyone: to have friends, work, go to school, have meaningful relationships, express themselves (and be heard), and be accepted in their community for who they are. With our help and resources from a caring community, people can live their potential, in their community, every day.

How We Think
Starting in the 1960s, MHA’s groundbreaking efforts and advocacy helped to transition people away from institutional living to a life in our community. This became a model for the deinstitutionalization movement. Today, our leadership continues to advance awareness of mental health conditions and needs at local, regional and national levels. We drive compassionate care for those challenged by mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury and more.