Pierce College celebrates 50 years with service to the community


Throughout the year, Pierce College staff, faculty and students will celebrate 50 years by spending time giving back to the community. Members of the college community will have an opportunity to take part in a variety of service projects throughout the year, ranging from sprucing up local parks to preparing food for local food banks and shelters.

All members of the Pierce College community are welcome and encouraged to participate in upcoming service projects. “Pierce College has been in the community for 50 years and it’s our turn to give back to the people who have supported us,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Becky Anderson. “The rewards you receive from volunteering in the community far outweigh the time and service you’re providing.”

Students and employees will have an opportunity to participate in a number of service projects throughout winter quarter, including:

Map-A-Thon, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter – Friday, Jan. 20 at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom from 2- 3 p.m.
Each year, disasters around the world impact more than 200 million people, often in locations that are literally missing from traditional maps. Many first responders lack vital information that could significantly help relief efforts. Volunteers will participate in Missing Maps, an open, collaborative project in which you can help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Applesauce making, in partnership with the Center for Food Preservation Arts – Saturday, Jan. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2-6 p.m.
Volunteers will preserve shelf stable applesauce for distribution through emergency food systems. This event is a fun and educational way to give back to the community.

L’Arche Tacoma Hope Farm, Friday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
Volunteers will help throughout the farm, prepping rows for planting peas, planting baskets, preparing seeds and more.

Smoke alarm installation for families in need, in partnership with American Red Cross South Puget Sound Chapter at 1235 S. Tacoma Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, the vast majority of which are home fires. The organization set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. Volunteers will go door-to-door in neighborhoods that are high-risk for fires to deliver fire safety information and install smoke alarms.

Graham/South Hill Food Bank, in partnership with FISH Food Banks of Pierce County – Friday, Feb. 17 at Holy Disciples Catholic Church from 2-5 p.m.
Volunteers will sort food products, repackage bulk foods into smaller portions for distribution, restack shelves and break down boxes.

Mother Earth Farms, in partnership with Emergency Food Network – Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Mother Earth Farms is a unique farm-to-table program providing a fresh, organic food option to individuals and families in need within Pierce County. Volunteers will help with planting, weeding, irrigation and harvesting. Be prepared to learn about farming, play in the dirt and have some fun while making a real difference in the community!

For more information on all upcoming service learning events and to register as a volunteer, please visit www.facebook.com/piercecollegeslce.

Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.