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.
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.”
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.