BUFFALO—The holiday season is a time for communities to come together, celebrate and cherish their good fortune. For Erie Community College's community, it's a time to lift up fellow students, those pursuing a better future—one class at a time.
Between December 6 and December 13, ECC administration, faculty and students are collaborating to collect and package offerings throughout their three campuses for their annual President's Holiday Food Drive. The student-led collection of non-perishable food items and/or gift cards—which is now in its sixth year—will aid over 50 families within the college's community, comprised of working students and their families who need an extra hand this holiday season.
ECC President Jack Quinn and his staff have organized these efforts every year since he arrived at ECC in 2008. According to Quinn, it's an effort that's indicative of the altruism evident throughout the community college's campuses.
"This drive is a true reflection of the holiday hearts within our classrooms," said Quinn. "We have students giving what they can to help their fellow students. That's school spirit, and it's alive and well around here all year, but especially at this time of year."
Donations have been forthcoming since Thanksgiving. After the final offerings are collected at the college's North Campus on December 12, goods will be packaged and distributed to families through ECC's Student Services Office before Christmas. And, since 2010, ECC's Student Government Association (SGA) has teamed a separate toy drive with the President's Office drive to form a collective initiative even more able to aid ECC students fraught with economic hardships.
"The selfless nature of our college's community has never ceased to amaze me," said Quinn. "I'm not only thankful, but humbled to be a part of it."
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.