The T-shirts they wore said it all, “We are helping to make a difference.”
Wearing their shirts and armed with rakes, trash bags, cleaning supplies and a desire to contribute to the greater good, more than 60 Montgomery County Community College students, employees, alumni and other community members descended on three locations throughout the county on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the Seventh Annual College-Wide Day of Service.
The MCCC volunteer army raked and cleaned up the grounds at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, gave a thorough scrubbing to equipment at the Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Pottstown, and sorted through donated books at Cradles to Crayons in West Conshohocken.
Max Danoff of Bryn Mawr, Pa., a sophomore liberal studies major at the College, spent the morning at Cradles to Crayons sorting books and bundling them to be donated to local children.
“Lending a helping hand and trying to make someone’s life a little better was one of the reasons I decided to help,” Danoff said. “It was a very gratifying feeling to know that I helped in a small way to enrich the lives of young adults.”
According to Corissa Reilly, interim assistant director of community engagement at MCCC, the volunteers donated nearly 200 hours of service at the three locations.
“Every year, this is a very special event for the College community,” said Reilly, who organized the event. “They get up early to honor Dr. King’s memory by volunteering to help vital community organizations in Montgomery County. It’s truly heartwarming.”