Yes Virginia, community service is alive at Cumberland County College

12/22/10


Part of Cumberland County College’s mission is to reach out to the community - to give back to the residents of our county who have been so supportive over the years. We are committed to adding a service learning component to all of our academic programs in which students, serving as interns, will learn by providing tangible services at businesses and agencies.

I’m confident that these service learning components will be embraced by our students and staff because they are already involved in many activities that benefit agencies and individuals in our community. The weather has been frigid, but there are certainly warm hearts at Cumberland County College during this holiday season. Here are a few examples:

CCC employees donated $7,211 to the United Way during an on-campus campaign. Similar campaigns are being conducted throughout the community.

Two weeks ago, the ninth annual Celebration of Lights was held at CCC. College employees and students teamed up with their colleagues at nine area schools to assure that the last week of the year would have pleasant memories for a group of deserving kids.

Thanks to the generosity of CCC students and staff, all of the children received gifts from Santa. And there were exhibits on the celebrations held throughout our diverse community, including Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Three Kings Day, Feliz Navidad, Native American Peace Holiday and Kwanzaa.

CCC’s Phi Theta Kappa students played Santa this year by collecting donations for local charities as well as books for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland County and pet food for the Cumberland County SPCA. PTK is the international honor society for community college students.

The holidays were made brighter for area children who received toys and other gifts from CCC Alumni Association members, who spent many hours collecting the gifts they donated to the Vineland Salvation Army.

A blood drive was conducted by the college’s Rotaract club – a student affiliate of the Rotary Club. Students and staff members collected food for 30 families for Thanksgiving dinners. And in January, students and staff members will be providing services at area agencies in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Yes, Virginia, service learning is alive at CCC. Students and staff are committing their time and making donations to benefit others during this season. So follow their lead. Please donate a basket of food, a coat for a kid, toys or money to the Salvation Army, the United Way or any of the worthy support agencies in our community. You’ll feel better about yourself because as tough as life sometimes seems for us, it is a lot tougher for many others.

Best wishes for a healthy 2011, filled with educational and professional accomplishments as well as personal fulfillment.

Seasonal alert: To view a CCC holiday greeting and interview with Santa, tune in to Channel 9, Comcast Cable, from 4 to 6 p.m. or visit the college’s Facebook page – www.cccnj.edu.