CCAC South Campus students to assist in Flint water crisis recovery efforts
Fundraising endeavor underway to distribute drinking water to community
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County South Campus, in collaboration with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), is organizing a joint service-learning trip from March 31 to April 2 to Flint, Mich., to assist in recovery efforts for the Flint water crisis. In recognition of CCAC’s 50th anniversary, the CCAC South Campus Social Work Flint Water Initiative is seeking to raise $5,000 to purchase 5,000 gallons of drinking water, which will be donated to students, families, schools and organizations throughout the Flint community. The initiative has raised more than $1,000 to date through a GoFundMe account.
Making the trip will be CCAC South Campus Social Work/Society for Social Advocacy and Men of Merit Initiative students, as well as students from IUP’s African-American Cultural Center. Together, they will be actively involved in a variety of collaborative learning, civic and community engagement activities, including distribution of drinking water at Mott Community College and meeting with students and faculty in the college’s Social Work Department. While there, the students will participate in workshops and brainstorm short-term and long-term solutions to the crisis. In addition, they will travel to Detroit where they will tour the city and learn about economic development, urban planning and urban revitalization. Going along on the trip will be several members of the CCAC South Campus Improv, Film and Theatre Club who will film a documentary about the students’ efforts.
According to Christopher Robinson, CCAC assistant professor, Social Work, Social Sciences, the main goal of the trip is to connect the classroom to the community and help students become more aware of political situations, cultural diversity and community development while putting their ethics into practice.
“Part of our responsibility as social workers is to challenge social injustice. This crisis has far-reaching implications, with long-term effects on citizens that will result in an increased need for social workers and resources. I’m really happy to see our students want to get involved in this type of service. This is all their initiative.”
Another goal for the CCAC students, many of whom will transfer to a four-year institution to pursue their studies, is to connect and interact with their peers at IUP. The two institutions share many articulation agreements that enable CCAC graduates to seamlessly transfer as juniors to IUP.
Individuals interested in supporting the CCAC South Campus Social Work Flint Water Initiative should go to: https://www.gofundme.com/CCAC-FlintMI-5k.
For more information about the CCAC South Campus Social Work Flint Water Initiative, contact Christopher Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.469.6229.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.