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Dozens of Students Pack Food Baskets for Needy Families

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Dozens of Prince George’s Community College students, President Charlene M. Dukes and staff will pack 500 food baskets on December 16, 12 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Bunker Hill Fire/EMS Station #855 at 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD. PGCC’s outreach efforts will assist in providing food for thousands of needy Prince George’s County residents during the holiday season through collaboration with the Prince George's County Public Safety Assistance Program, Inc.

After learning about the project and the need for volunteers, Dukes initiated a campus-wide call for participation. Employees, members of the college’s Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, Pathways Student Leadership Program, and the Softball Team were encouraged to volunteer for the effort. Prince George’s Community College also will provide transportation for students joining the service initiative.

“At this time of year, it is important for all of us to remember how privileged we are to have the resources to care for our families and loved ones. Many are not as fortunate,” said Dukes. “It is an honor to be joined by staff members, student leaders, athletes and as we help provide a joyful holiday for our neighbors,” she added.

Currently in its 27th year, the Prince George’s County Public Safety Assistance Program, Inc., benefits needy families in Prince George’s County and comprises representatives from the Office of the Sheriff, the Police Department, the Fire/EMS Department, Department of Corrections, Public Safety Communications and the Office of Homeland Security. The Public Safety Assistance Program will furnish Christmas food baskets to nearly 3,000 families in need of support.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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