Day of Service
April 15, 2015 was a great day at Nassau Community College!
That's when several hundred members of the NCC community--students, faculty, administration, and staff--participated in the First Year Experience program's annual Day of Service.
It was Nassau Community College at its very best: people of all ages and backgrounds working together to touch the world and to make life better for others.
Participants took part in more than fifty--fifty!--projects on campus (and in a few instances off-campus) on April 15. Many NCC clubs joined in, as did representatives from a host of academic departments and administrative offices. Volunteers made almost 1700 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Interfaith Nutritional Network; raised more than $200 for Habitat for Humanity; sold cookies and cakes for the Ronald McDonald House, the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline & Support program, and other charities; collected school supplies for children attending the School of Masson-Sion in Haiti and cell phones for U.S troops stationed abroad; gathered eighteen boxes of pet supplies (along with more than $300) for the Last Hope Animal Rescue); bags of toiletries, household items, and clothing for the Safe Center of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for local animal shelters; assembled care packages for homeless people in Manhattan; wrote get-well notes to children in local hospitals; and collected over 800 pounds food and monetary donations for a proposed food pantry on campus.
In addition, members of the campus community took part in campus beautification projects, including planting spring flowers and tending to the campus's organic garden. Some volunteers spent the day off campus, helping to restore the nearby Hempstead Plains, an environmentally sensitive area.
At the end of the day, participants gathered for a brief celebration before leaving for home, tired but happy to have been part of something so important.
Newsday, which covered the Day of Service in its Future Corps section, called the event a "Beautiful Day"--an appropriate title for such an impressive outpouring of generosity.
It was a memorable experience-and one that will repeated on the next campus-wide Day of Service on April 13, 2016. There will be similar service projects taking place at NCC that day, as well as some new ones--all aimed at responding to the needs of the larger world. A list of service activities, along with details about how you can get involved, will be available in the months ahead. Check back for updates. As always, all participants--students, faculty, administrators, and staff--are welcome. No effort is too small.
And if April seems like a long way off, remember that there will be other service activities taking place on campus throughout the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. You can learn about them on this page as well as by reading our FYE blog (www.whatsupncc.blogspot.com), following our Twitter page (www.Twitter.com/fye_nassaucc), checking out NCC's student newspaper (the Vignette), and just by keeping up on campus life.
We look forward to seeing you at service projects in the year ahead. There's lots of work to be done. Be part of this important campus-wide effort!
If we ALL work together, we can all make it better.