By collaborating with the Peer Advocates, Lorain County Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has created a powerhouse of philanthropic success that is now a driving force in supporting the essence of what the newly opened Commodore Cupboard hopes to accomplish for the under-resourced members of the campus community. The focus of PTK this school year has been aiding the under-resourced on and off campus. This goal has been the premise of both their Honors in Action and their College Project. The Commodore Cupboard, an organization on campus that’s purpose is to provide supplemental food to LCCC students in need, is next on their lengthy list of campus involvement. This month marks the beginning of their newest enterprise, a campus-wide division versus division donation contest.
Some of the divisions on campus have picked specific months during this spring 2016 semester to house collection boxes for donations to the Commodore Cupboard in each of their classrooms. The divisions participating so far include Social Sciences and Human Services, Arts and Humanities (Stocker Arts Center), Physical Sciences, and the division of Engineering, Business and Information Technology. The participating divisions will choose a category such as starches, fruits and vegetables, cereal and oatmeal, and personal and infant care items to begin an open collection for canned or boxed goods during this month. The purpose of being assigned a category is so that the Cupboard does not get an overage of certain items and a shortage of others. “The Commodore Cupboard is not funded by the college, so we can’t just go out and buy the stuff that we’re missing,” explained PTK’s president, Katie Nowlin, “We need to give it the resources it needs. Phi Theta Kappa has been collaborating with the Peer Advocates on how to help it, and is also reaching out to the faculty by doing this contest.”
Donations for these boxes are all based off of faculty and student participation. This endeavor is for the college, but not directly funded by the college, so it is up to the discretion of the faculty/staff to encourage and contribute.