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DCCC gives back during ‘Day of Service’

Three image collage. First picture is a group with paint rollers. Second picture is group sorting plastic bags. Third picture is three women creating mailers.

Top: Volunteers at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington painted rooms adjacent to the gymnasium. Bottom left: A team of DCCC faculty and staff work preparing plastic grocery bags to be weaved into sleeping mats for the homeless. Bottom Right: Three DCCC employees work to assemble mailings for the Dragonfly House in Mocksville.

November 12, 2019 – On November 12, the campuses of Davidson County Community College were noticeably different than the average Tuesday. It was a day where classrooms were empty, yet community centers, local schools and public spaces were filled with individuals sporting DCCC gear.

The college closed for the day so all faculty and staff could complete community projects during the campuses’ first “Day of Service.” Spanning both Davidson and Davie counties, over 200 faculty and staff members served at over 50 different project locations throughout the day.

“Our Day of Service is set aside as a time for our faculty and staff to journey straight to the heart of our community,” DCCC President Dr. Darrin Hartness said. “Creating a brighter future for our students, which includes the past, present, and future generations, means serving Davidson and Davie counties outside the classroom. It means serving our communities from all angles.”

Faculty and staff were able to choose their project sites from a diverse list of community needs and services.

“I loved visiting and crafting with the people at The Life Center of Davidson County,” Reba Smith, a DCCC college admissions specialist, said. “It’s amazing the stories we shared. Though this is our ‘Day of Service,’ I feel like everyone involved received as much as they gave.”

The projects ranged from pressure-washing at Hospice of Davidson County, to painting and construction at Salvation Army locations, to assisting Cancer Services of Davidson County, The Dragonfly House, and Davie’s Habitat ReStore, to volunteering at area elementary, middle and high schools.

“Community is part of DCCC’s identity,” Hartness said. “Our service as a college isn’t just about a single day. It is about the daily practice of making our shared communities better than they were the previous day.”

About Davidson County Community College

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is a fully accredited, multi-campus college where students of all ages and backgrounds pursue academic and career-focused education in order to build successful futures. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers more than 40 degree and professional certificate programs to students in Davidson and Davie counties, as well as affordable college-credit coursework to students who plan to transfer to 4-year universities. With a mission to serve the changing needs of students competing in a global environment, DCCC is committed to quality education, innovative and equitable learning experiences, training, and support across a wide range of 21st-century career fields. Visit Davidson County Community College at DavidsonCCC.edu.

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Davidson County Community College
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