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Saturday, October 25, 2014

WCC Employees and Students Lend a Helping Hand

Each year before the long-awaited break between fall and winter semesters, WCC employees and students focus their attention on families and individuals less fortunate than themselves. Here are some of the things they’re doing this year.

Addressing the Needs of the Homeless

Through Dec. 9 the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a student group at the College, is holding a hygiene kit collection drive to benefit the homeless in Detroit. The drop-off location is outside the Student Activities office on the first floor of the Student Center building. Requested donations include:

  • Hygiene kits: A plastic zipper bag with a bar of soap, washcloth, razor, comb, toothbrush, and toothpaste.
  • Additional hygiene items: Deodorant, tissues, travel-size shampoos, lotions, and related items.
  • Clothes: Jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, rain jackets, and socks (in good condition and washed).

Adopting Families in Need

The Student Resource and Women’s Center is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family program. Each year about two dozen College departments or individuals purchase gifts and clothing for families of needy WCC students.

“This year, IT Services was blessed with a family complete with a dad, mom, and six kids, who range in age from 1 to 20. The mom is a WCC student,” said Crystal Sims, who is coordinating the effort for her department.

“We fundraise with candy sales throughout the year. Then we add to it with individual donations from our department—including past and current employees—as well as custodial staff.

“I'm very fortunate. I love to shop, and most of the people in my department are content to let this elf do her thing. It’s really exciting to be able to help others who are in a tough patch. We can only hope that it makes a difference and that maybe sometime in the future, it will be passed forward.”

Collecting Cars for Children

New this year is the automotive department’s Cars for Kids program. Faculty and students are accepting donations of new toy cars for distribution to young boys and girls. The department, located in the east hallway of the Whitworth Occupational Education building, will collect new, unwrapped cars until Dec. 19.

Helping Marines Help Kids

The WCC Corp of Student Veterans is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots program, supported by the U.S. Marine Corps. You can drop off donations on the first floor of the Student Center building through Dec. 15.

Recycling Textbooks

Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are partnering with the U-M and EMU Habitat for Humanity chapters to collect and recycle textbooks. You can drop off textbooks in boxes on the first floor of the Student Center building through Jan. 9.

Visiting Hospitalized Vets

Once again Debi Freeman, head caregiver at WCC’s Children’s Center, and her band of veteran volunteers will take small gifts, balloons, and a hot holiday meal to residents in the VA Nursing Home on Dec. 24. This annual holiday event is supported by donations from WCC faculty and staff. Donations will be accepted at a number of campus locations through Dec. 14.

Keeping the Momentum Going All Year Long

The WCC Student Activities department is currently developing a WCC Service Corps on campus, according to Peter Leshkevich, director. Students, staff, and faculty interested in building a community service résumé, or just giving back to others, are encouraged to participate. The group, which is expected to form sometime in early 2012, will receive notices about volunteer opportunities on campus and in the local community. Corps members also will be invited to attend service events hosted by Student Activities. To sign up, complete the online form.

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