CRC’s donation drive collects from students

Brittany Harden, Staff Writer

The season of giving has begun as the Cosumnes River College Social Responsibility Committee kicked off the annual campus canned food drive on Oct. 9.

Dedicated to community involvement  and promoting social justice, the SRC collaborates with non-profit and social service organizations said English Professor Heather Hutcheson in an email interview.

“I want students to realize the power we have as a large campus, and that one person can make a tremendous difference,” said Hutcheson .

The food drive will continue on until Nov. 20. Hutcheson said she is not only looking for canned food, but she is also looking for people to donate clothing, books, toys, disposable dishware, toiletries for women and much more.

Students on campus said they are looking out for the boxes to donate and have a positive outlook on the drive.

“Everyone should participate, I gave 10 cans last week,”said Symphia Jackson a 23-year-old liberal arts major. “It’s hard out here, especially during the holidays.”

In addition to the canned food drive, there are many events on campus that are geared towards getting students and faculty to donate, such as the Share Fair events which will take place on Nov. 18 and 19.

The Annual CRC SHARE Fair is a 3-day celebration of philanthropy and the recognition of the non-profit organizations in Sacramento, according to the CRC website. Items are also donated and delivered to various organizations and representatives from many local non-profits came to campus to speak to students, staff and faculty about the community services they offer.

The drop off areas, where large bins have been placed for donations, are in the Hawks Nest College Bookstore,  the Rio Bistro cafe, the library foyer, southeast office complex and the reading and writing center.

Carl Jones, 20, a business major said he had a positive outlook about the drives success.

“Yes, it will be successful,” Jones said. “Depends on the location [of the boxes].”

According to a press release, volunteers for these events are needed and many community programs have decided to help out, such as the Sacramento Area Citizens Climate Lobby, Relationship Skills Center, My Sister’s House and Volunteers of America.

If students are interested in helping out the social responsibility committee, please contact Heather Hutcheson at [email protected].