Community Service Luncheon Highlights Student Volunteerism

January 17 2017
Category: Academics

The Office of Career Services recently hosted the first annual Excellence in Community Service Luncheon. The event, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, highlighted the importance of students volunteering and giving back to the local community. 

During the 2015-2016 academic year, EC students completed 15,780 hours of volunteerism in the Elmira area.

Andrea Ogunwumi, chief executive officer of the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, was the featured guest speaker, joined by community partners Jennifer Burbank from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and Alison Mandel from the Elmira Chapter of the Kiwanis Club.

The event also recognized students and student clubs for their exceptional service and impact on several local organizations including Elmira College Dance Marathon, The Elmira College Chapter of the American Red Cross, SPCA, Circle K, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Southside Community Center, Economic Opportunity Program, Christian Fellowship, Mothers of Preschoolers, and Colleges Against Cancer: Relay for Life. 

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Community service is a distinctive program at Elmira College – with students appreciating the concept of volunteerism, developing a compassion for those in need, and experiencing the rewards of community involvement.