Student Life provides many opportunities for students and student organizations to engage in community service. Serving others , with others is a great way to build new relationships with students on campus. Below are many of the community service opportunities that student life participates in. If you have any questions about getting involved or ideas for new service opportunities please let us know.
Community service events this year include:
Senior Olympics – We were asked by Pathfinder Home Health, whom deals with senior citizen events all over east Texas, to help with their annual Senior Olympics. This event caters to all Athens and surrounding areas home health care businesses. Our students helped with setting up and encouraging those citizens with all their events such as races, domino tournaments, washer tournaments, and other various activities. On top of that, our students socialized, danced, and swapped life stories with these people who have lived full lives.
Bingo – With how great our students dealt with the Senior Olympics, Pathfinder asked us to return to work with them in putting on an area wide Bingo tournament with the senior citizens. The students took to this with the utmost happiness. With the relationships they had already built, they assisted in this tournament and brought smiles to the seniors as much as they put smiles on our student’s faces. The sheer enjoyment both parties received was enough to name this event a success.
Trash Bash – Four times a year we take the students to clean up our piece of highway on the loop in the Athens area. Between the Canton and Dallas exits the students picked up trash on a two mile stretch assisting Texas Department of Transportation in keeping Athens a beautiful city.
Campus Christmas – The yearly tree lighting is becoming a must see event on campus and in the community as a big tree in brought in to light the start of the holiday season as well as Santa Clause himself. Students helped with putting up decorations such as lights, Christmas trees, and other various activities.
Blood Drive – Through out the year Carter Blood Care sets up their van to take blood to save lives. TVCC and Carter Blood have had an ongoing partnership with the shared concern of saving those people in need.
Drop Everything and Read – Once a month students take to Bel Air Elementary to read to our growing minds of the world. Both parties take the time out of their days to bring joy to one another. Relationships are born as returning students to Bel Air are remembered and are also recognized out in the community by the children of Bel Air. Lasting impressions like these are what makes society a success.
Can Food Drive – Once a year, during the Halloween season TVCC puts on its Can Food Drive. Students of various areas of TVCC such as SGA, Cardettes, Softball, Basketball, Football, Rodeo, Band, Volleyball, and cheer load up their personal vehicles and drive through predetermined and mapped neighborhoods of Athens in hopes of collecting can foods, perishables, and toiletries for our local Food Pantry. Year and year out the event is a huge success and is greatly appreciated.
Kiwanis Pancake Day – The Kiwanis club puts on a yearly Pancake Day for the community of Athens at the Cain Center, Athens’ own civic center. With the community showing up in droves, help is much needed and every year TVCC answers that call. Our students show up to help serve the pancakes, bus the tables, as well as making sure everyone has their drink refilled. The community enjoys seeing our student’s faces and their enthusiasm for helping the community.
Meals of Kindness – Once a month the students gather at one of our local churches to help with feeding those less fortunate. This was the last year that Meals of Kindness took place and the students took to that with great pride as they made every event a special one. Students bussed tables and also helped with clean up every single event. On top of that, again, our students enthusiasm to socialize and be one with everyone in the community is the most valuable aspect.
Trunk or Treat – Along with Meals of Kindness, and annual trunk or treat is held as the community fills the parking lot with their vehicles and decorate the trunks of their cars for Halloween. This allows a safe and confined area for children to come and enjoy Halloween festivities and show off their costumes. Our students socialize with these children on top of making sure all the trunks have a plethora of candy.
Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA)
Trinity Valley Community College serves as a National PVSA Certifying Organization and is approved to review and verify a volunteer’s hours, and nominate and distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. This past year the TVCC students, student organizations, faculty, and staff spent 10,000 hours in service to the Athens/Henderson County Community through assistance in community volunteer service opportunities.