Being caring, compassionate individuals means recognizing the challenges others face while taking action to help overcome them. Clarkson College faculty, staff and students went above and beyond this year to spread the caring spirit across campus and the surrounding community.
Clarkson College hosted its eighth annual Choose to Give fundraiser in November. The event invites College community members to donate to the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship fund. Faculty and staff raised more than $9,500 during the 2018 drive. The funds, along with alumni donations, provide assistance to students pursuing an education at Clarkson College. In appreciation of their donations, participants received an additional casual day and were eligible to win prizes during a gift card drawing.
Student Government Association (SGA) continued an ongoing tradition by partnering with Children’s Square this past holiday season to serve children in the Council Bluffs and Omaha areas. Student representatives set up a Giving Tree in the Student Center and decorated it with paper ornaments listing the age, gender and wish list of a child whom the organization serves. College community members purchased and returned the items for SGA representatives to wrap and deliver them to Children’s Square in time for the holidays. The toys, clothing, supplies and books donated by community members brought cheer to hundreds of children and their families in December.
Each year, Radiography and Medical Imaging students partner with the Calling the Hope Revolution into Service (CHRS) organization to adopt local Omaha area families and provide food and gifts for the holiday season. Students adopted three families—including three adults and 12 children—this year who were in need of extra assistance and holiday cheer.
To raise money for their efforts, students sold coupon cards featuring discounts from several Omaha restaurants. One hundred percent of the money earned went toward purchasing meals, supplies, clothing and gifts for the children and parents. Student volunteers wrapped the gifts and delivered them, along with the food, to the families in December.
The Clarkson College Omicron Epsilon chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing partnered with the Nebraska League for Nursing (NLN) to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s held Sept. 23. Their efforts helped raise money for medical research and increase awareness for patient care and support.
College community members surpassed their fundraising goal and raised more than $350 for the Alzheimer’s Association to continue supporting patients and their families. Along with more than 1,800 other participants, six faculty members and their guests walked the two-mile route in Omaha’s Aksarben Village and took the first steps toward a world without Alzheimer’s.
Clarkson College Student Ambassadors partnered with the Salvation Army this past holiday season to raise money for services supporting the less fortunate. The Ambassadors volunteered as bell ringers throughout the Omaha area and encouraged community members to donate their extra change to assist the Salvation Army in providing the physical, emotional and spiritual assistance for those in need.
Student Ambassadors strive to exemplify the Clarkson College Values and strengthen the institution’s reputation as it prepares students to be the best in their field of study. Partnering with the Salvation Army allowed the Ambassadors to demonstrate their commitment
beyond the clinical setting and within
the community they serve.