LSC-Tomball held a Day of Service to celebrate its 35th anniversary on Friday, Oct 13. To commemorate the milestone anniversary, over 55 LSC-Tomball community members, students, faculty, and staff volunteered at five local nonprofits.
Terri Garcia, LSC-Tomball Title III Grant manager, spent her Day of Service time at Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM), visiting with the elderly, serving food, and calling out Bingo numbers.
“It felt so good to give back,” said Garcia. “Witnessing the heartfelt exchanges and the camaraderie between volunteers and those we were serving, knowing we were making a meaningful impact, was humbling. But celebrating their Bingo wins with them, that was fun!”
Other Day of Service volunteers sorted and tagged donations for the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries and The Den, the LSC-Tomball food pantry. Volunteers read books to children in the LSC-Tomball Community Library, packed safety and grief care packages, and patched and painted walls in the LSC-Tomball Student Well Being space.
Maddie Hoskins, an LSC-Tomball graduate, scraped floors, moved furniture, cleaned walls, and gave the Timberwolf Wellness Center a fresh coat of paint.
“It was fun interacting and working with the other volunteers,” said Hoskins. “By the end of the day, I knew we had made a positive impact for the people who would use the space, and I was encouraged by how the community came together to connect with one another and achieve a goal.”
Ginger Fray, an English professor at LSC-Tomball, organized her Day of Service volunteer team of eight into an efficient assembly line, packing safety and grief care kits for the Kailee Mills Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing injury and fatality due to non-seat belt use.
“I really enjoy giving back to the City of Tomball,” said Fray. “I volunteered to be team lead because I wanted to spend time with my colleagues, get to know them on a personal level, while doing something to serve others. We enjoyed chatting and bopping to background music while we packed.”
On the LSC-Tomball Day of Service, five nonprofits were served, and over 120 volunteer service hours were completed. All an expression of gratitude from LSC-Tomball to the city of Tomball for 35 years of support.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to say thanks than giving back to our Tomball community,” said Crissy Zak, the LSC-Tomball event planner who organized Day of Service. “By bringing the LSC-Tomball students, faculty, and staff together to partner with the local nonprofits, we deepened the connections we’ve shared for years and shown our sincerest appreciation for their work.”