Students Support Community Organizations in November and December

by Alana J. Mauger

During November, students and staff participated in a variety of activities around the theme “Our Current Economy and its Impact on Low Income Families” as part of the College’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Many of the College’s student clubs organized activities to support the initiative. At the West Campus, Doug’s Corner staged “Knitting for the Needy,” a service project that taught students how to knit hats and scarves that were then donated to the Pottstown Cluster Outreach. Doug’s Corner also prepared and served food in a local soup kitchen and homeless shelter operated by Ministries on Main in Pottstown. In addition, the club collected 211 pounds of non-perishable food and $200 for Philabundance, which they donated through WMMR’s Camp Out for Hunger.

Members of Doug's Corner are pictured with the crew from the Preston & Steve Morning Show at WMMR's Camp Out for Hunger. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

At the Central Campus, the Mustangs basketball teams collected canned goods through the month of November, which they presented Manna on Main Street during half-time of a game.  The Thrive Club sponsored a “TRIVEOUT” concert that collected more than 500 food items for Philabundance and was attended by approximately 350 students and community residents. And, Theatre Arts and Drama Club students donated a portion of tickets sales from the four performances of the play “Buried Child.”

Mustangs Basketball team members present food donations to Manna on Main Street Executive Director Tom Allebach. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

The Student Government Associations at both campuses kicked off their “Giving Tree” initiative, benefitting the Salvation Army, and the Medical Assisting Clubs collected a total of 182 gently used winter coats for the Pottstown Cluster Outreach.

Students’ community efforts continued into December, when West Campus Radiography program students filled 25 “Stockings for Kids,” an initiative sponsored by the Salvation Army and B101. In addition, the Student Nurses Club presented $400 in grocery and retail gift cards to the North Penn School District for distribution to homeless families during the during the holiday season.

The Student Nurses Club presents a gift card tree to NPSD administrators. Pictured (from left) are Jenna Rufo, Manager of Special Education and Liaison for Homelessness, NPSD; Christine Dunigan, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Steve Duft, Home and School Visitor, NPSD, Barbara Harvey, Nursing program sophomore; Donna Gresh, Registrar, NPSD; Denise Davidson, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Steve Christman, Home and School Visitor, NPSD; and Linda Abram, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, NPSD. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

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