ECC Social Concerns Day is Oct. 11
Ellsworth Community College will host Social Concerns Day for students and community members on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 10 am to 1 pm in the Dale Howard Family Activity Center gymnasium. The event provides an opportunity to glean information, to learn about services, and to give to the community as well.
“We did this event when I was a student here at ECC and I learned a lot,” says Tara Miller, ECC Financial Aid Administrator. “I think it promotes awareness about social issues that our students and the community face still today. Our goals are simply to promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness of social issues, and share opportunities for student volunteerism. It’s a very positive experience for everyone involved.”
Several community organizations will be at the event to share information, including the American Red Cross, Buena Vista University, ECC Leadership Class (talking about their food project), ECC Medical Assistant Program (students will conduct free blood pressure checks), Ellsworth College Foundation, Ellsworth Municipal Hospital, Farmer’s Insurance Agency, Greenbelt Home Health Care (flu shots $15 with a student ID, $25 for all others), Hardin County Auditor’s Office, Hardin County Democrats, Hardin County Republicans, Iowa Falls Police Department, Iowa Student Loan, Lighthouse Center of Hope, McFarland Clinic, Presbyterian Village, Proteus, RAD Trainers, and Seeds of Hope.
The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive during the event; donors are encouraged to pre-register by visiting the Red Cross website ( www.RedCrossBlood.org ) or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS to reserve a donation time slot. The blood drive will be conducted from 10 am to 3 pm.
Donations will also be accepted for the Panther Pantry, where ECC students in need of assistance can get access to needed items. Donations currently being accepted include winter coats/hats/gloves/mittens, twin sheet sets, non-perishable food items, and toiletries (brushes, soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, and deodorant). The Panther Pantry is overseen by the ECC Residence Life/Housing staff.
Lunch will be served in the Dale Howard Center gymnasium from 11:30 am to 1 pm, and it is free to all ECC students with a student ID. Community members can enjoy a walking taco meal for $5.
If there are still organizations that would like to be involved in ECC’s Social Concerns Day, contact Tara Miller at 641-648-8515 or Tara.Miller@iavalley.edu .