Holidays bring out the best in Virginia College students in Pensacola and Jacksonville

Dec 19, 2013

Pensacola Gifts

The Pensacola campus was busy during the Thanksgiving season with several events:

  • Food and money were collected in exchange for raffle tickets, with a Thanksgiving turkey as the prize. Donations filled15 Thanksgiving boxes that were given to students in need.
  • The Paralegal program held a Thanksgiving dinner for their students.
  • Surgical Technology students participated in an Instruments of Excellence bake sale.
  • The Practical Nursing program held a free Thanksgiving dinner for students with no family or resources in the area.

Pensacola Pathways

Also in Pensacola, Virginia College recently partnered with the United Way to benefit Pathways for Change as its “Day of Caring” charity. Virginia College raised money for a basketball goal for Pathway’s men’s residential program.

Pathways for Change provides a variety of services to Jacksonville-area residents suffering from poverty, drug abuse, and lack of education.

Lelle and Montrez

Alicia and Andrea

In Jacksonville, Virginia College staff members spent a recent Wednesday morning volunteering at the Clara White Mission, a local organization serving the less fortunate. Clara White places a strong emphasis on assisting veterans and dedicates 75% of its living facility to local homeless veterans. Overall, the Virginia College staff served breakfast to over 270 individuals in need.

Pictured above: Enrollment Specialist Lelle Amlak-Mills and Director of Enrollment Montrez Lucas. Also above, Extern Assistant Andrea White and Re-entry Enrollment Specialist Alicia Gabriel prepare meal trays.

The group picture includes Montrez Lucas, Lelle Amlak-Mills, Andrea White, Campus Administrator Dani Blount, Alicia Gabriel, Student Services Associate Kat Setzer and Campus President John Schuman.

Also in Jacksonville, students and staff recently volunteered to serve homeless and needy families in the Jacksonville community. Culinary students prepared lunch while Student Ambassadors and staff assisted with serving lunch and distributing clothes.

The Culinary Arts students included Karin Munnell, Alvin Bell, Thomas Martin, Tim Henderson, Curtis Watson and April Rodrigues. Student Ambassadors included Justine Grey, Chelsey Jones and Angela Dailey. Staff members included Michelle Cardillo, Rosalined Jacobs and Kat Setzer.