ACC’s Volunteering To Learn (ViTaL) Team—created by faculty and composed of the ACC community—is reaching out to neighborhood organizations, providing volunteer opportunities for our employees so that they can collaborate with local partners prior to sending students out into the field on their own.
Here’s what our ViTaL Team has done so far:
On September 19, 2017, ACC’s ViTaL team joined together with the College Diversity and Inclusivity Project (CDIP) and ACC’s Student Life department to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, a one-day free resource fair that provides services--including ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check, healthcare, veterans services, childcare, and pet care--to the homeless individuals and families in need. In total, 10 ACC students, faculty, and staff volunteered alongside over 800 volunteers from across the city to serve at this event. Read more on our blog.
Project Homeless Connect volunteers wait to be paired with clients attending Project Homeless Connect.
Beginning in December 2016, the ACC community donated hundreds of school supplies, peanut butters, toothpastes, and toothbrushes towards a donation drive for underprivileged students at Sheridan High School. During the Spring 2017 semester in a Service Learning session at the All-Instruction Meeting, faculty and staff distributed these donations into 45 backpacks. Adding to that count, 18 extra backpacks were filled with even more donations one night in January with several moms and their young kids from Colorado Academy. The delivered backpacks to Sheridan High School helped ACC enrich its partnership with this concurrent enrollment school that has 85% of their students in poverty. Thanks again to everyone at ACC for your time and donations for these local kids in need and potential ACC students!
Co-founders of ViTaL pictured with some backpacks: Diana Hornick and Josie Mills
On August 19, 2016, ACC’s ViTaL (Volunteering To Learn) Team set out on an outdoor adventure to help clean up over-grown weeds and dried-up grasses from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Nature Center at Chatfield State Park, about 10 miles away. Led by Audubon’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Kate Hogan, the six ACC faculty and staff--with some of their family members--first learned about the Audubon Society’s mission and its relationship to Chatfield, then performed a couple of hours of light gardening tasks on a warm and sunny Saturday morning. The Team completed their project with a nature hike, discovering toads, snakes, and a beaver lodge. See the photo blog.
Volunteers pictured from left to right: Mardi Mathers, Jennifer Jones, Ken Murphy, Daniel Hohn, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Andrea Mason, Linda Mason.
Faculty and staff took pet supplies donated by the ACC community to Littleton’s Humane Society of the South Platte Valley in January 2016. They cleaned out and organized the pet food supply shed, learned about the facility and the homeless pet situation by talking with some of the regular volunteers, and visited the homeless cats and dogs. Read more about this volunteering adventure.
Volunteers helping the animals from left to right: Meredith Tofield, Josie Mills, Amanda Johnson, Diana Hornick.
“To save what can be saved, just to make the future possible: that is the great motivating force, and the reason for passion and sacrifice.” ---Albert Camus, Philosopher