UT Permian Basin students in Philantropy raise nearly $17,000 for local nonprofits

ODESSA, Tx (KOSA) -- Nearly a dozen non-profit organizations will benefit from the efforts of The University of Texas Permian Basin Students in Philanthropy.

The students raised more than &16,600 over the course of the school year. The group distributed the money among 11 non-profit groups during a special ceremony on Tuesday.

Through an application process, the group has spent the spring deciding what organizations to give their fundraising money to.

"They have learned to ask critical questions, do site visits and get a first-hand view of the work local nonprofits do," Cristy Batte, Students in Philanthropy Director said.

The students chose to support Bynum School, Catholic Charities, Centers for Children & Families, Communities in Schools, Harmony Home, High Sky Children's Ranch, Mission Agape, Odessa Christmas in Action, Permian Basin Mission Center, Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, and SHARE.

"These organizations are a light in our community," SIP member Rachel Atuegwu said. "It's an honor to be able to give back to them."