How do you get the students of the Lorain County Community College to help themselves? Women’s Link baited them with slices of cake at their 27th anniversary and open house on Oct. 22 in the Business Building of LCCC.
The staff of Women’s Link invited everyone and anyone who wandered across their path to eat cake and advised them to remember the new location of their office. Even though half of the students that stumbled across the open house stayed for the cake and punch, many left with the reminder that Women’s Link is a safe place on campus that’s willing to help those in need.
Since it was established in 1988, Women’s Link has been a strong supporter of the men and women of LCCC. Although they’ve grown out of their closet sized office, their goal has always been the same, to link students with the resources that they need to stay enrolled at LCCC. According to Dr. Marilyn Valentino, a member of the advisory board for Women’s Link, “It was anything people needed at the time, like furniture, but basically it was someone who put their hand out and said we care about you and we want you to stay [at the college].”
Women’s Link also acknowledges that one-on-one communication is another key tool for assisting students on campus. “I’ve had a student say, ‘I’m thinking of suicide’ in my communications class, I told him you’re walking with me and we’re going to visit Kathy, in Women’s Link and you’re going to sit down and talk to her. And that’s how important and strategic it is,” Valentino said.
In an average year, Women’s Link connects 2,000 students and occasionally community members to the resources they need. Tracey Maxwell, coordinator of Women’s Link, understands “the life of a college student; most of the time they are not rolling in money.” With that understanding Maxwell has coordinated fundraisers like the Charity Crop Scrapbook Workshop, which has raised $10,000. All of the proceeds have gone into the endowment fund and are used to help students with housing, bus passes, loan and grant money.
Women’s Link plans on hosting several events at the LCCC campus. A few of these events includes the LCCC Health Fair on Nov. 5.