This holiday season, HCC students are giving perhaps the most generous gift of all: the gift of service. Through their participation in service learning projects, many HCC students have traveled out into the community to help those in need while learning about the social issues facing our county and beyond.
Here are just some of the ways that HCC students are giving back this season:
• Rouse students toured the Maryland Food Bank to learn about the issue of hunger and how organizations like the Food Bank are helping those in need of food assistance. While at the facility, the students also sorted through donations and helped prepare food for distribution.
• Rouse students also spent an evening at My Sister’s Place, where they prepared and served dinner to women and children at the center. This trip was just one of several opportunities for Rouse Scholars to learn about the issues facing our society. Additional trips explored the issues of human trafficking, education, sustainability, fair trade, and growing healthy foods.
• Students from Associate Professor Jeremy O’Roark’s College Composition class traveled to the Howard County Food Bank to sort through food donations and stock shelves in the Food Bank’s storefront. Back in the classroom, the students will weave their experience at the Food Bank into a writing assignment.
• The Community Action Council of Howard County and HCC teamed up with the Baltimore Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau in November to host a student forum on the issues of homelessness and poverty in Howard County. Three men — each of whom has experienced homelessness — spoke about the challanges and trauma of life on the street, and urged the audience to donate their time and money to help make a difference for those in need. Read more about the event in the Baltimore Sun.
Are you interested in giving back this holiday season — or any time of the year? Visit the Center for Service Learning and Howard County Volunteer Center to learn about volunteer opportunities in our area.