Genesee Community College Employees and Students Support Genesee Country United Way Campaign

The Genesee Community College United Way campaign is involving a whole new student awareness component to be kicked-off with a Student Rally on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the College will have the chance to participate in the United Way Awareness Pep Rally that will feature a wide range of fun-filled games and social opportunities. Ping-pong tournaments, basketball, a 50-50 raffle, music, and refreshments - all for minimal fees - will be donated to the United Way.

"We really hope to enhance the awareness students have about the United Way. So many kids just don't know what the United Way does in our community," said Jessica Barnes, student in the Fashion Merchandising Management course, who though very busy with the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Fashion Show, is volunteering her time to the United Way program. "They do so much behind the scenes that most people just don't know about."

Additionally, through a series of presentations in classrooms and departmental meetings, the College faculty, staff and students will learn about the wide array of local service agencies-many of which serve the College's students and employees-that receive essential support from the United Way. The United Way video highlights many of the organization's essential services that are provided to Genesee County residents.

"Learning about community service is an important part of our curriculum at Genesee. It will be an uplifting two weeks of events here at the College with many people showing their support in many different ways," Barbara Shine, Genesee Community College / United Way Committee Leader and an instructor in the College's Business division said. "Student participation is particularly exciting this year with the students' rally providing first-hand experience with community involvement. Business and Human Service classes will be viewing a very inspiring United Way video that was created locally about our own community. This will certainly raise students' awareness. Students really made a difference in reminding all of us how important it is to support our local agencies who are helping those in need, right here, where we live today."

For further information on Genesee Community College's 2005 United Way Campaign, please call Mrs. Shine at 585-343-0055 extension 6319.