Bronx, NY – Bronx Community College (BCC) Students volunteering with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) Chapter at Bronx Community College continue to gain valuable life lessons as they strive to socially, economically and politically effect change in their communities. NYPIRG’s mission is to build student power. BCC students have selected hunger and homeless as a high priority community issue this holiday season.
For the past month, students have been preparing for one of the chapter’s largest and most popular events – a baby shower. The shower is part of NYPIRG’s Hunger and Homeless Campaign, and directly benefits Rosalie Hall, a shelter for pregnant, teenage girls in the Bronx.
The BCC NYPIRG chapter, in just 30 days, has received more than 800 donations of new and gently=used baby items, most coming from residents throughout the five boroughs. Three car seats, three strollers and more than 390 clothing items comprise only a portion of the donated items. What once was a room of public policy and environmental initiative has become a baby boutique of blankets and bibs = proof that a big heart, a little skill and a lot of hard work can truly make the difference for caring students who work together to have an impact on a community issue.
“I see a lot of pregnant, teenage girls around my neighborhood who, unfortunately, don’t have the baby supplies they need,” BCC student Jorge Ramirez said. “I just feel good knowing that I can help other girls who need these things and I am able to make a difference and inspire others to do the same.”
“It’s really easy to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and know that it’s going to feed someone,” student Adam Torres said about an event that makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a local emergency food shelter. “You just know there are so many people who need the help and it becomes so much more than volunteering,” He said. “You’re investing in the future and giving other people hope.”
But it’s not only students who want to help.
The chapter is also very grateful for two women who offered to help in an extraordinary way. One woman offered to make all of the party favors for the event, while the other is working on pins for each mother-to-be and guest.
While peoples’ generosity continues to be a vital factor in the success of the baby shower, the time and energy devoted by the chapter’s students serve as a constant reminder of how one group working together can create change and offer hope.
The shower, which will take place on Thursday, November 29th , on the Bronx Community College campus, will provide the young women of Rosalie Hall with many of the essentials they need upon the birth of their babies. But there’s more work to be done.
Over the coming days, students will be visiting area bakeries in hopes of receiving a donated baby shower cake as well using their creativity to gather the rest of the needed items. As for now, students continue to make daily trips to the NYPIRG office, to both see where their help is needed and to admire the adorable donations. If you would like to donate an item or for more information, please call Jeni Asaba at (718) 289-5409.
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Bronx Community College (BCC) of The City University of New York celebrates its 50th anniversary of service to students in New York City in 2007. Over the past five years, enrollment has increased 20 per cent to 9,000 students, reflecting the reliance of the surrounding communities on it as a pathway to a better life. BCC President Carolyn G. Williams is in her 11th year of leadership service to the College, which is located on a 44-acre campus at West 181st Street & University Avenue, formerly New York University’s uptown campus until 1973.
BCC students from over 109 nations receive an excellent preparation to go on to four-year colleges or to advance into successful vocational careers. Programs offered at BCC include Digital Arts, Computer Information Systems, Education Associate, Nursing, Nuclear Medicine Technology, RadiologicTechnology, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Accounting, Human Services, Media Technology and Paralegal Studies.
The College is home to initiatives not commonly associated with two-year institutions, such as the Center for Sustainable Energy, which promotes the use of renewable and efficient energy technologies in urban communities. The National Center for Educational Alliances (NCEA) is currently collaborating with South African Further Education and Training Colleges and universities to create linkages between these institutions. NCEA also coordinates the College’s international initiatives and the annual International Education Week.
The Center has also facilitated a campus wide effort to create BCC’s Center for Tolerance and Understanding. The Center for Teaching Excellence offers faculty development to promote student achievement and to stimulate discussions to keep the teaching and learning process vital and dynamic.
Take a look at BCC’s website at www.bcc.cuny.edu