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From: Luis Castro, Pathway Manassas Sent: Monday, 11/11/2013, 7:34pm Subject: Help the Philippines
Given the recent devastation that has occurred in the Philippines due to the typhoon, I believe it would be a great idea to open up donation spots in the various campuses where people can drop off anything from money to food to clothes. Even toys and more would be great. At the end of the month, or sometime next month, we could get all these donations together and send them over to the Philippines to help the families in need.
Reply: Ms. Riggs Sent: Monday, 11/11/2013
Subject: Help the Philippines
Meet me at your earliest convenience. Let’s make it happen!
Day #2 Wednesday, 11/13/13 Luis Castro drove to Annandale from Manassas to meet with Ms. Riggs
Emergency PAC Meeting
Agenda: Form Disaster Relief Committee & Strategy
PAC’s Goal: $2500 to donate to NAFCON (National Association for Filipino Concern) an organization dedicated to helping Philippine causes, since 1996.
Disaster Relief Committee Chairperson: Luis Castro, MA Co-Chairs: Ayah Manalastas and My Le, AN Secretary: Dilasa Yahya, AN Treasurer: Tenequa Howard, AN
Executive Committee Chairperson(s): Seerat Sandhu and Behrad Azhandeh
Day #4 – #9 PAC/Pathway/NOVA students volunteered: making signs, donation boxes, sitting at the table, walking around campus asking for support, and much more. Donation tables were on all 5 NOVA campuses from 10am – 3pm….PAC was dedicated!
PAC hit donations of over $1700 thanks to a lot of hard work and planning by many but, several spark plugs (people who spark and influence others to movement) really kept the ball rolling …seen here is spark plug Ayah Manalastas a tireless advocate for Filipino concerns.
Alexandria’s Kabihasnan Club joined efforts with PAC and together they happily raised well over $3000 in record breaking time.
Thank you NOVA community for stepping up to the challenge!
PAC/NOVA students job well done…You Rock!
Attending the Virginia Community College System Student Leadership Conference
Student leaders from all Virginia Community Colleges attend this prestigious event to represent their respective colleges. At this exclusive event; held at lavish locations once a year, student leaders, network, exchange ideas, and attend informative seminars that help them grow and improve the clubs and organizations they represent on their campuses. This year’s conference was held in Virginia Beach at the grandiose Holiday Inn near the beach.
My experience at this conference was unlike any other. I met an old past friend whom I had not seen since 6th grade. I also made new friends who reside all over Virginia with different backgrounds and I had the privilege to learn something new from each of them.
The first night that we arrived, we had an exquisite Italian dinner and I got the chance to meet some of the leaders of the Manassas, Alexandria, and Loudoun NOVA campuses. The guest speaker for that night was Mr. Joshua Fredenburg, who is a National Speaker, Author, and Leadership Expert. He was my favorite speaker at the conference because he had great charisma. His quote still resonates in my ears, “ Lead with a heart of service…Talent will take you to the top but character will keep you there.” After Mr. Fredenburg spoke, we enjoyed performance from the Nguzo Saba American Drum and Dance Group. I was feeling pretty worn out after their performance and I headed to my room to finish some homework but, I heard a knock at the door and to my surprise it was a few of my old friends from last year’s VCCS Conference. We went to the lobby and socialized with student leaders from all over Virginia and had fun exploring the hotel as we got to know each other.
The next day, we enjoyed breakfast and then attended several leadership conferences that helped us develop our leadership skills. I attended a session on keeping clubs exciting and finding ways to motivate other students to get involved . I learned new tips and tricks for developing fun activities and events for PAC. I then attended a session about interviewing techniques and how to properly prepare for an interview. Between these events we had beverage breaks, which allowed for me to reunite with my friends and share with them what I had learned in each session. We then enjoyed a buffet lunch where we heard about the service opportunity called “STOP HUNGER”, an organization that sends meals overseas to impoverished countries. After lunch, I participated in the service opportunity. We were position in an assembly line fashion and we packaged meals in a swift manor, it was a fun and eye opening event. It made me realize how lucky I am to have food on my table every night. After this session, student leaders presided to their assigned conference room for the round table discussions. This was an opportunity for students from different colleges to discuss the success and failures of organizations and events that they had implemented and offer tips or advice to each other. The chairman of PAC Executive Committee stood before the leaders in the room and spoke about the Pathway program and PAC, she told them our mission and our great success in the previous year and she was met with much applause and accolades. After the roundtables, we took a break and met with our friends and explored the hotel surroundings as we met new friends. We returned to the hotel at 6pm for dinner where each college separated and had dinner on their own. We enjoyed a buffet dinner of Chicken Pasta and Pizza. I enjoyed the company of my good friends at the dinner table as we joked and shared many laughs. We also discussed the many things that we would implement on our NOVA campuses to improve student engagement. After dinner, we gathered in one of our friends rooms and we socialized as well as played games, and after a while we headed outside the hotel to enjoy the view.
On Sunday morning, we were greeted with eggs, hash browns, sausage, and bacon for breakfast, as well as a performance from the Musician/Leadership Expert Mr. Jason Levasuer. We then heard several closing remarks from Bruce and Connie Meyer, whom had worked to put the conference together. We then said our goodbye to our friends and left for home.
On our way home, I reminisced on the wonderful conference and the lovely people that I had met there. I took out a pen and wrote the all of the things I learned and how I want to implement them on my campus. I was quite sad to leave but I knew that I had learned lessons that would carry me through life and made great connections.
The NOVA van has been busy this semester, with several trips to the Central Union Mission made to serve the evening meal to hundreds of homeless men, as well as those in the Mission’s spiritual guidance program.
While being sponsored guests of NOVA’s Professor Dr. Semmler, who has been an integral fixture at the shelter every Monday night for the past 15 years, students are given an opportunity to prepare and serve delicious food donated by companies such as Panera, Whole Foods, Marvelous Markets, Safeway, and many more generous and conscientious donors.
“It was a great experience to see their faces light up when they were talking to like everyone else,not like a hobo on the street. I learned a lot from this experience and look forward to returning.” Kaitlyn, AN
“It was an awesome experience and I never thought of serving a meal at a homeless shelter. For a night I made those people feel like kings as they sat in their chairs waiting for their food.” Alan, LO
- Check your NOVA email regularly for volunteer opportunities
- Visit the Volunteer Listings section of the blog
- Track your hours online – Complete your Community Service Tracking Form
Any questions, email Ms. Ericka Riggs, Volunteer Specialist: email@example.com
Last Wednesday, November 20th, 11 members of Pathway visited the DC Central Kitchen’s Nutrition Lab.
In an effort to become more financially sustainable and provide meaningful jobs to their culinary graduates, DCCK began a social enterprise named Fresh Start dining services. Because every purchase helps fund the mission, each of Fresh Start’s many customers become individual philanthropists!
Today, Fresh Start employs dozens of graduates of the culinary program, serves nearly 4,000 healthy, scratch-cooked meals to DC schoolchildren each day, and generates half of DCCK’s annual income.
DCCK and Fresh Start are embracing new approaches to sustainability, healthy eating, and job creation every day. Stay tuned for Pathway’s next trip to the Nutrition Lab.
When: Tuesday, November 26…the last day of classes before Thanksgiving
Time: 1pm – 6pm…so stop through anytime
What: Party with a Cause…$2.00 donation goes towards Typhoon Yolanda Relief…you get a slice of pizza, beverage, and music, Xbox, Karaoke, and more!
Where: AN – CF building (faculty dining room)