PGCC & WUSA9 Join Forces to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma

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Article by: Courtney L Davis


LARGO, Md. (September 25, 2017) - On Saturday, September 23 Prince George's Community College (PGCC) joined forces with WUSA 9 Cares to host a supply drive for victims of Hurricane Irma. Along with PGCC employees and WUSA 9 employees, volunteers from the Prince George's County Alumnae chapters of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and The Links, Inc., helped unload vehicles full of diapers, cleaning supplies, bottled water and much more. The supply drive offered community members and organizations the opportunity to serve others.

“We serve the community,” said Richard Dyer, general manager and president of WUSA 9. “And one of our charges is not only to be a part of the community but to make a difference and this is one of the ways we can make a difference.”

Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College, echoed Dyer’s sentiments saying “I think it is important for us because it sends a message to the community in which the College is located and the students that we serve that there is always an opportunity to give and that is who we are as people, wanting to ensure that we are taking care of others.”

More than 100 volunteers sorted, loaded and packed over 450 boxes totaling 19,400 pounds of donations. Hurricane Irma devastated Florida early September with torrential rain, flooding, and massive power outages.

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, and Hilldrup Moving & Storage, a moving company with headquarters in Stafford, Virginia, will transport the donated supplies to Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to transporting the supplies, Hilldrup Moving & Storage employees helped pack boxes and load the tractor trailer. The Salvation Army was also available to collect supplies not on the approved donation list. The trailer will leave for Jacksonville, Florida Tuesday.

About Prince George’s Community College

Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.