BUFFALO—The holiday season is a time for communities to gather, celebrate and cherish their collective fortune. For Erie Community College's community, it's a time to lift up those within their own hallways pursuing fortune one class at a time.
On Wednesday, December 19th, ECC administration, faculty and students joined with the college's Board of Trustees to package offerings collected through their annual President's Holiday Food Drive inside their ECC's City Campus first floor student foyer. The three-campus, student-led collection of non-perishable food items and/or gift cards—which has been ongoing since December 7th—will aid the ECC community's neediest members, comprised of working students and families who need an extra hand this holiday season.
"This is the time of year to give, to help one another," said ECC Board of Trustees chairwoman Patricia Mertz. "This is what we do here, and this offering today is a perfect example of not only the spirit of the season, but the spirit of ECC."
Over two weeks, enough food and other items were collected to fill about 50 bags, which will be distributed to needy students and families through ECC's Student Services Office before Christmas. 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 statewide SUNY hallways.
"These efforts truly reflect the power of SUNY," said Quinn, who discussed the college's collection efforts with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in Albany last week. "We have students giving what they can to help their fellow students. That's school spirit, and it's alive and well around here this season."
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.