This weekend El Paso Community College students teamed up with Parkland Middle School to feed the homeless through the Service Learning Program's Random Acts of Kindness event.
Volunteers from EPCC, Parkland Middle and Parkland High School participate in Random Acts of Kindness on Feb. 18.
“The service learning is about going out and helping the community and that was this month’s event,” said Irene Perez, secretary of the Service Learning Program.
RAK is a non-profit organization that EPCC has participated in for the past three years.
Spearheading this event was the Service Learning Program co-coordinators Pat Islas and Naomi Waissman, along with a couple of other volunteers from Parkland Middle School and High School.
This years RAK event took place on Feb. 18 at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, where donated items such as bacon, eggs, tortillas, hash browns, milk, juice, and baked goods were served.
The program provides resources and support for students and faculty who are currently using or would like to integrate service learning into their course.
“We had 18 people go and help us not including the two coordinators for Service Learning, two work studies that also participate in the Service Learning Program and me,” said Perez.
This breakfast of pancakes, burritos, and scrambled eggs replaced its usual serving of cold cereal, which is given daily to all three buildings in the center: the women’s building, the men’s building, and the building for the elderly.
“The Early College Transmountain were our biggest donors, they donated most of the eggs, bacon, and juice along with thirty dozen eggs,” said Waissman.
Along with the EPCC volunteers, Books are Gems stopped by and had a table full of donated books as a way to help promote reading more for the little kids that are at the shelter.
While some students worked with a book publisher to read children books.
“They gave away a lot of books and so many people stopped by the table, it was really amazing to promote reading especially for the little ones,” said Waissman.
When all was said and done, the volunteers where able to leave leftover eggs, twenty gallons of milk, and some juice so the center had more food options.
“I’m very grateful to our crew of students and work study, it was really an incredible event,” said Waissman.
But EPCC Acts of Kindness doesn’t end there, as many more events will be posted, like the book drive starting in March.
For more information students and faculty can contact the Service Learning Program at Valle Verde (915) 831-2489, Rio Grande (915) 831-4183, and Transmountain (915) 831-5021.