50 Acts of Kindness

In celebration of Montgomery County Community College's golden anniversary year, the College community will be performing 50 acts of community service throughout 2014 — one for every year of the College's existence — and maybe even a few more. Led by Assistant Director of Civic and Community Engagement Jenna Klaus, this outreach initiative deemed "50 Acts of Kindness" started with the annual College-Wide Day of Service on January 20 and will continue through the end of December 2014.

1. College-Wide Day of Service

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters joined thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 for an annual day of service. Close to 150 participants — the largest turnout since the annual College-Wide Day of Service started four years ago — volunteered at three sites in Montgomery County: Habitat for Humanity ReStore in East Norriton, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, and Olivet Boys and Girls Club in Pottstown. Volunteers performed maintenance, organization and clean-up tasks to help these community organizations.

2. Dinner with Governor Tom Corbett

Rotoract students helped to serve dinner at the Rotary Leadership Dinner at the Manor House in Ambler on Jan. 29. Members from more than 20 Rotary clubs gathered to hear Governor Tom Corbett speak about key issues facing the state and local communities.

3. Cookin' Up Smiles at Ronald McDonald House

Student members of the Rotoract Club volunteered to cook and serve breakfast for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia during the morning of Saturday, Feb. 1. Ronald McDonald Houses serve as temporary homes for families with children who have long-term hospital stays, and the Rotoracts' breakfast provided a bright start for visiting families.

4. Hoops for Hope

From Jan. 2 through Feb. 8, the Mustangs Women's Basketball team sold raffle tickets and collected monetary donations for its "Hoops for Hope" campaign, which raised breast cancer awareness and scholarship funds for students impacted by the disease. More than $590 was collected during the campaign to benefit the Prayers and Poinsettias scholarship fund founded by alumna Mary Beatty of Barto. The organization helps families with mothers who are battling breast cancer and cannot financially support their children's education because of medical bills and loss of employment due to their illness.

5. Giving Blood to Save Lives

On Feb. 10, 2014, students, faculty and staff at West Campus in Pottstown and members of the local community donated blood as part of the Miller-Keystone Blood Drive held in the South Hall Community Room. The blood donations supported blood centers in 26 area community hospitals. Approximately 51 persons will be assisted by the 17 units collected from 30 donors. Sponsoring Group: Student Leadership and Involvement.

6. A Part of History

Pastry Arts students from the Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College under the guidance of adjunct instructor and Chef Julia Quay recreated Martha Washington's cake recipe to bake one large birthday cake and 500 patriotically decorated cupcakes for children and families in attendance at Valley Forge National Historical Park's annual Presidents' Day celebration on Feb. 17, 2014. Sponsoring Group: Culinary Arts Institute.

7. Serving Lasagna for Scholarships

On Feb. 19, 2014, volunteer students served lasagna dinners and raised $420 for the West Student Scholarship fund. Members of the West End Student Theatre presented an interactive improvisational dating show that had diners roaring with laughter. Sponsoring Group: Inter Club Council at West Campus.