Virginia College in Birmingham gives back

Dec 19, 2012

Virginia College in Birmingham recently connected with United Way agency Positive Maturity to make a difference in the lives of 300 impoverished Birmingham seniors.

Due to a campus-wide effort, staff and students were able to collect 315 cans of cranberry sauce to contribute to the Christmas meal baskets that Positive Maturity donates annually.

The Student Services team worked with the honor society Gamma Beta Phi to assist in the drive. Members decorated and placed colorful collection boxes around campus, communicated with students and coordinated a Jeans Day event where staff members donated at least two cans of cranberry sauce in exchange for permission to wear jeans for a day.

In the holiday spirit, members of Gail Harris' Medical Insurance Procedures class (pictured above), Maria McClung's General/Specialized Surgical Procedures class and Specialty/Reconstructive Surgical Procedures classes accepted the cranberry challenge and collected dozens of cans for the cause.

Last month the Birmingham campus observed World Aids Day by participating in the AIDS Alabama World Aids Day Awareness campaign. For the third year in a row, members of non-profit AIDS Alabama came to campus to test students for the HIV virus and raise awareness about testing, prevention, treatment and support.

This year, 48 students were tested, including a Clinical Office Procedures class, taught by Virginia College graduate Samantha Jones (pictured above).

Finally, Birmingham Campus President Chris Moore recently appeared on ABC 33/40's midday show to promote the Friends and Family Holiday Open House which collected toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Take a look. (segment starts at 26:39)