The AACC Center for Learning through Service created the inaugural Campus that Cares Week to encourage faculty, staff and students to become civically engaged, to work side by side while getting to know one another better, and to make a difference in our community.
AACC Campus that Cares events were held during National Volunteer Week April 22 to April 27 2013. More than 450 individuals volunteered and raised more than $6,000 for our community partners. The 2nd annual Campus that Cares Week will be held April 6-14 2014.
Summary of AACC Campus that Cares Week
Twin Oaks Park Clean-up
Peninsula Farm Road, Arnold, MD 21012
The AACC PSSO Community Service Committee, Susan Lamont's BIO students, and the AACC Men's Lacrosse Team along with other volunteers trimmed overgrown limbs and cleaned up the park. More than 50 volunteers helped with this project.
Plant Exchange and Seed Sharing
Faculty, staff, and students exchanged plants and shared seeds and learned a lot from each other. Start thinking now about the kinds of plants and seeds you can share in spring 2014.
Bello Machre: Support for adults and children with disabilities
Students prepared visual displays at the Arundel Mills campus to help with outreach for Bello Machre. Students also raised approximately $200 to go towards programs to help adults and children with disabilites. Teresa Roy's BPA students sponsored this event.
Baby shower for IMA World Health Safe Motherhood Kits
Items and money were collected at the baby shower to help women in the South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti.The items donated are part of Safe Motherhood Kits to promote a safe and healthy childbirth.
Earth Day Celebration: An opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle
Cell phones and accessories were collected for Cell Phones for Soldiers and fiction and nonfiction books and textbooks were collected for Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) 74 phones and 119 accessories were collected for Cell Phones for Soldiers. More than 5,000 books were collected for Books for International Goodwill. Joyce Ezrow's BPA 111 class sponsored the book drive on campus.
AACC Arnold campus clean-up
Students from Jessamy Rango's BIO class along with additional volunteers cleaned up the stream between West campus and East Campus, painted fire hydrants, and trimmed overgrown limbs along the hiking path.
Thank You Cards for our Troops
Students made 75 thank you cards for our troops. Cards were sent to support Operation Welcome Home Maryland in providing our troops with the welcome home they deserve. Brandi Ulrich's BPA Students and Teresa Roy's BPA students hosted the card-making sessions.
AACC's Child Development Center Trike-a-thon
The Student Education Association along with other volunteers assisted our youngest volunteers from the Child Development Center by providing water, selling lemonade, and serving as a guide on the trike path to help raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
YWCA "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event
Approximately 100 individuals came out and advocated during a morning of Sexual Assault Awareness by walking a mile in solidarity, enjoying music, food, guest speakers, and mingling with YWCA team members, AACC faculty, and various community representatives.
Rain Barrel Sale and Environmental Resource Fair
AACC students demonstrated how to make a rain barrel and shared how to install rain barrels for your home. This event was organized by Shad Ewart and his BPA students.
Zumba-thon fundraiser to support for IMA World Health Safe Motherhood Kits
More than 100 individuals came out to Zumba to raise money for IMA World Health's Safe Motherhood Kits. This event was organized by Professor Oslislo's Women's Health students.
See Photos from the AACC Campus that Cares Event
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To discuss ways that you can get involved, contact Stephanie Goldenberg at 410-777-2366 or email Servicelearning@aacc.edu