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2,000 DCCCD Volunteers Make a Difference - March 7, 2011

photo of DCCCD employees participating in Day of Service

For immediate release — March 7, 2011

(DALLAS) — One day. Two thousand pairs of hands. Two thousand willing hearts. Several hundred grateful Dallas-area agencies.

That scenario was the framework for the Dallas County Community College District’s 2011 Day of Service — a significant way chosen this year to observe the district’s 45th anniversary, which brought community even closer to home for the district’s employees.

“I am so pleased and so proud of our district and the contributions we make every day to the communities we call home,” said Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD’s chancellor. “Through our 2011 Day of Service, we had an opportunity to expand the idea of community to include volunteerism and charity — and to grow ourselves, as individuals, as we helped others.”

photo of DCCCD employees participating in Day of Service

    2011 Day of Service
    Location Summaries

  • District Office — More than 80 volunteers fanned out across the area to serve at city government offices, charitable organizations, senior care facilities and animal welfare organizations. Organizations served included: the American Red Cross, C.C. Young Retirement Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Goodwill Industries, Grace Presbyterian Village, Head Start, Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Meals on Wheels, Mosaic, Operation Lifesaver, United Way of Denton County, Rainbow Days Inc., several churches and hospitals, Captain Hope’s Kids, Lancaster Outreach, Sunnyvale Independent School District, DeSoto ISD, SPCA of Texas and more.

  • District Service Center — More than 140 DSC employees reached out as a group to volunteer through the Visiting Nurse Association’s Meals on Wheels program. Their service saved the VNA’s Meals on Wheels effort $8,700 and fed more than 1,655 clients — many of whom are elderly and disabled. After DSC volunteers delivered meals, they gathered to discuss the experience and shared stories that were touching, emotional and often humorous. Many people said that the day was extremely rewarding and they looked forward to doing it again next year.

  • Brookhaven College — From digging in the dirt to sewing at a school, Brookhaven employees spent their time helping many community organizations. They served as greeters at DFW Airport to welcome returning troops; they pulled weeds, raked mulch and trimmed roses at the Lake Highlands Community Garden and the Harry C. Withers Elementary School garden. More than 30 employees sent needles flying as they created quilts and crochet projects that will honor wounded veterans, homeless community members and HIV/AIDS patients. Other places where Brookhaven employees (and a group of students, too) volunteered included the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, University Park Library, Meals on Wheels and the African American Museum in Fair Park.

  • Cedar Valley College — CVC employees volunteered at a number of community organizations on Feb. 18, including Goodwill Industries, Lancaster Outreach Center, Senior Source-Boomer Green Team, Genesis Women’s Shelter Outreach Thrift Store, Chiapis Project, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Inspiring Body of Christ Outreach Ministries.

  • Eastfield College — EFC Harvesters (more than 300!) spent their Day of Service working with 200 different agencies and organizations. Some of those groups included Dallas Heritage Village, Keep Mesquite Beautiful, Mesquite Independent School District’s Clothes Closet, Sharing Life Community Outreach, Mesquite Social Services Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, White Rock Lake Clean-Up, Terrace Elementary, Richardson ISD, Christian Care Center – Mesquite Campus (featured in a KTVT-TV, channel 11, news story) and others.

  • El Centro College — Approximately 235 ECC employees volunteered their time and found out more about the needs of their community on DCCCD’s Day of Service. Agencies/organizations served included Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Dallas Audubon Center/Trinity River Audubon Center, Family Gateway, North Texas Food Bank and Westmoreland Heights Senior Center. Both employees and agency representatives appreciated the efforts of the day. Dana Wilson, volunteer coordinator for the Trinity River Audubon Center, said, “I want to say again how wonderful it was to get all of that ‘little’ office-type stuff knocked out during the DCCCD Day of Service here at TRAC. It made a big difference to us.”

  • Mountain View College — Almost 200 individuals from MVC volunteered their time and talents to help others in the community at organizations such as Heart for Ethiopia, Dog and Kitty No-Kill Shelter, City of Dallas Clean-Up, Dallas Heritage Village, Sewing for Children’s Hospital, North Texas Food Bank, Bethune Elementary, Sunset High School, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Dallas Challenge, Dallas Urban League, City of Dallas Animal Services, Rainbow Days, Citizens Development, East Dallas Community School, Paul Quinn College, Dallas Can!, Ruby Young Elementary School, Oak Cliff Fine Arts Society, LIFT, St. Vincent Thrift Store and City Square.

  • North Lake College — “Good People Doing Good Things” was NLC’s theme for its 2011 Day of Service. Approximately 250 employees participated in the first-time event. Some volunteers spent their time at Coppell Nature Park, where they cleared trails, spread mulch and worked on rebuilding a decaying creek bridge; others traveled to Travis Middle School, where they decorated the school’s library wall with a painted inspirational quotation chosen by the principal; others went to the NLC West Campus to create practical yet beautiful items of comfort and warmth for people in need. Additionally, MVC volunteers worked with the Irving Citizens Development Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Dallas, DFW Airport, DFW Humane Society in Irving, KERA-TV, several schools and other organizations.

  • Richland College — The theme of “social equity and justice” defined RLC’s Day of Service for 346 faculty and staff members who volunteered at 84 different service sites in Dallas County — the equivalent of 2,076 hours of community service. Activities included tutoring (mathematics and reading) at three school districts, working with elderly residents at the C.C. Young Retirement Center, assisting terminally ill patients in hospice care and caring for animals at local shelters. Richland’s Professional Support Staff Association held its own “Spring Clean Your Closet” project that brought in gently used items, which then were distributed to Goodwill Industries, Bullock Elementary School’s student outreach program, New Beginnings’ domestic violence project and Blue Star for homeless veterans. College facilities service employees split their time between the RLC/TXU tree farm and the Women’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Other employee groups chose to volunteer their time at their favorite organizations as well.

  • LeCroy Center/Dallas TeleCollege — LeCroy employees logged more than 400 hours of volunteer time for the district’s 2011 Day of Service. Groups volunteered at organizations such as NETWORK of Community Ministries Inc., Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly House, New Beginnings Women’s Shelter of Garland, and local churches and elementary schools. Employees also conducted a “Warm Clothes Drive for the Homeless” in downtown Dallas and MDHA-The Bridge. Volunteer activities included painting, building shelves, loading/unloading boxes, distributing food to the needy, delivering clothing and toiletries to the homeless, reading to school children, picking up trash, sorting clothing, answering phones and much, much more.