Living Out “Not Self, But Others”: Why YOUR Gift Matters
When you support Ferrum College, you empower our students to discover their potential, make a difference in their communities, and achieve their dreams. Your gift also provides our students with opportunities to provide care and support to those in need in our community and beyond. The following stories are just a few examples of how our students were Living Out “Not Self, But Others” during the Fall 2019 semester.
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Softball Players Collect Over 3,500 Canned Food Items for St. James Center
For Halloween 2019, Ferrum College softball players went house to house in local neighbors to give out flyers requesting donations of canned goods for the St. James Center in Ferrum. The next week, the players returned to the neighbors to pick up food donations. In total, over 3,500 items were collected and donated to the St. James Center. Learn more about Ferrum College softball here: https://www.ferrumpanthers.com/sports/sball/index.
Ferrum College Delta Chi Members Support Panther Packs Program
Every few weeks, our Delta Chi fraternity gets together to pack Panther Packs full of food for local elementary school children in need. These packs are sent home on Friday afternoons to ensure students are fed over the weekend and when school is not in session. The local backpack meal program is coordinated by TriArea Community Health Clinic’s Martha Puckett. Learn more about Ferrum College’s Delta Chi here.
Ferrum College Disaster Relief Team Spends Alternative Fall Break in Wilmington, NC
Ferrum College’s disaster recovery team used their fall break from October 17-20, 2019 to travel to Wilmington, NC to rebuild homes that were damaged by hurricanes. One home is owned by a woman in her 80s who rode out Hurricane Florence (September 2018) in her home. The other home belongs to a military veteran who recently received word he has won his battle against cancer. The relief effort, headed by Dean of Chapel and Religious Life Jan Nicholson Angle, and student-coordinated by junior Davon “D” Robinson, included 10 students and 2 staff members.
“The Wilmington Disaster Recovery Team consisted of a fantastic group of students and staff,” said Nicholson Angle. “While restoring homes and impacting and being impacted by the lives of those in the Wilmington community, our team spent time reflecting on how we become the presence of God in the lives of others.” Learn more about Ferrum College’s Spiritual Life here.
Ferrum College Spanish Students Volunteer as Interpreters During Health Fair
Ferrum College Spanish students Olivia Webster, a new December 2019 graduate, and junior Alex Mattson volunteered as Spanish interpreters during the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Refugee and Immigrant Health Fair in November 2019. Refugees and immigrants were invited to learn about health care and available services. “Our job was to guide small groups of Spanish speakers through the fair, translating information to them,” recalled Webster. “It was truly an eye-opening experience because I wasn’t just practicing my skills to help translate. I was learning about a family and some of their struggles while moving to the US. It touched my heart to be able to help them in their journey and provide a service that allowed them to gain knowledge, information, and care.”
Learn more about Ferrum College’s Spanish program here.
Delta Phi Epsilon Holds Pumpkin Carving Contest Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis
This Halloween 2019, Delta Phi Epsilon sorority held a pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins were judged and three winners chosen (pictured). The contest raised money for cystic fibrosis research. Learn more about Ferrum College’s Delta Phi Epsilon here.
Living Out “Not Self, But Others”: Junior D Robinson Volunteers at Local Elementary School
Ferrum College junior Davon “D” Robinson ’21 of Richmond, VA, spends two days per week at a nearby elementary school to make kids feel loved and appreciated. He visits students during lunch and gym class to hang out, chat, play games, and sing songs. He’s so impactful that “time with Deeeeee” even made one first-grader’s Christmas wish list. “I enjoy spending time with the students,” said D. “I strive to be a positive role model for them. I want them to know they can make it in life no matter what they go through. They can make a positive impact on the world.” Read more about D here.
Ferrum College Students Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Project
From September through December 2019, Ferrum College’s women’s wrestling (pictured), soccer, and volleyball teams, along with other members of the student body, volunteered their weekends to help renovate a Franklin County home with the goal of getting the homeowner “home for the holidays.” The volunteers worked through the county’s Habitat for Humanity. The company posted on social media its gratitude “for so much cheerful hard work” from the College’s volunteers. The homeowner plans to move back into her house in time for the New Year.
Ferrum College HHP Club Hosts “Milk and Cookies With Santa” Event
On December 11, 2019, Ferrum College’s Health and Human Performance club hosted the twelfth annual “Cookies and Milk with Santa” event in the Panthers Den. Ferrum College students, along with faculty, staff, and the community were invited for crafts, milk, cookies, and time with Santa. HHP Club students also collected toys or monetary donations to benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center. Learn more about Ferrum College HHP here.
Ferrum College Women’s Soccer Players Donate Toys to Local Children
This holiday season, Ferrum College Women’s Soccer players each brought in a toy to give to local children in need. They also began a new tradition: each player gave $5 and wrote down a charity of their choice. One charity was drawn and the money collected from the players will go to benefit that charity. Best Friends Animal Society will receive this year’s $150 donation. Learn more about Ferrum College Women’s Soccer here.
Ferrum College Campus Community Groups Hosts Trunk or Treat Event
The Ferrum College Office of Student Life, Tri Area Community Health Center, Student Activities, and Campus Police joined together to host the annual Trunk or Treat event, which was held November on campus. The event featured games, candy, costumes, and a special treat for the first 100 children in attendance. Canned food donations were accepted for the St. James Center.
Gateway Class Donates to Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center
In October 2019, the freshman Gateway classes of Associate Professors of Recreation and Leadership Drs. Dan Caston and Chris Mayer presented over $230 to the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center as a result of their community service project. This gift served child survivors of abuse and neglect in our region. Learn more about Ferrum College’s recreation leadership program here.
Ferrum College Students Volunteer for Blood Drive
In early December, Human Anatomy and Physiology students signed up volunteers for the American Red Cross blood drive that was held on December 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The blood drive was a great success with many donors giving the gift of life. Read more about Ferrum College’s School of Health Professions and Social Sciences here.
Recreation Student Fundraiser Supports Child Advocacy Center and to Help Save the Next Girl
On December 5, 2019, Ferrum College recreational students provided cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas note deliveries on campus for $1. Proceeds went to the Child Advocacy Center and to Help Save the Next Girl as Angel Tree sponsors. Learn more about Ferrum College recreation studies here.