The cynics in our world are quick to claim that college students live in a complacent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community college is in is just not a priority.
For some students, that may be true.
But that certainly doesn’t apply to the students at Iowa Central Community College who are working hard to stage a charity project called Share What You Wear. Her commitment to this non-profit organization shows that finding time to help make the world outside of academia a better place is something that many young people care deeply about.
On December 3rd, the student body will again hold the annual raffle for clothing and other items called “Share What You Wear”.
On that day, Iowa Central students expect to welcome several hundred area residents from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the annual Share What You Wear event at the Career Education Building. This venture has a fairly serious purpose: to enable people in need to get free clothing, bedding, towels, baby items, travel size toiletries, school supplies, household items and toys. People who need these items can go to the Career Education Building where they will find many tables with available materials.
Volunteers wrap items that will become gifts.
The college’s dental hygiene program gives out free toothbrushes and toothpaste.
A complimentary breakfast and lunch is served.
But before the students can make this happen, the rest of the community needs to support them with in-kind donations to Share What You Wear.
Donations in kind are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the vocational training building. Donations will also be accepted on December 2 while students prepare for the event.
Because it takes a lot of people for the effort to run smoothly. Voluntary help is accepted. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Jenny Shivers at [email protected] or (515) 574-1252.
The project began in 2004 as a collaborative effort between the Iowa Central Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. It has grown to include the entire campus community of students, faculty, and staff.
We encourage everyone to take a look in their closets and dressers to see if there is anything they are no longer wearing that could be used by someone else, and then turn those items in to the Career Education Building.
And if anyone has some free time Saturday morning, we encourage them to volunteer for Share What You Wear.