Day of Service
April 2, 2014 was a great day at NCC.
That's when more than four 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 thirty-five projects on campus (and in a few instances off-campus) on April 2. Many NCC clubs joined in, as did representatives from more than twenty academic departments and several administrative offices. Volunteers made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Interfaith Nutritional Network; raised money for Habitat for Humanity; sold cookies and cakes for multiple sclerosis research and other charities; collected school supplies for students in Haiti and cell phones for U.S troops stationed abroad; gathered pet supplies for local animal shelters; and collected 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.
It was a memorable experience-and one that will repeated on the next campus-wide Day of Service on April 15, 2015. 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 2014 and spring 2015 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), reading 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.