Over 200 GRCC students will converge on the college’s student center the morning of Feb. 24 to participate in the annual community service event known as Pass it Forward.
GRCC's Department of Experiential Learning Center (http://cms.grcc.edu/servicelearning ) has again partnered with ePIFanyNow (http://www.epifanynow.org/) to offer this event, which sends students out into the community to perform a variety of charitable acts in the hope that each recipient will then do the same for someone else.
Last year’s event brought out over 200 students, who gave out blankets and coffee, surprised people by paying for gas and laundromat expenses, visited the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, and more. Tiffany Falcon-Ewigleben, coordinator of Pass it Forward 2012, says the goal is to not only retain the amount of participants, but to increase awareness of the community organizations that are in the area.
“Pass it Forward is a great event for both the students and the community," Falcon-Ewigleben said. “This year we have organized activities for groups of students to participate in. The more exposure students have to the organizations that provide services for our community, the greater chance of creating and retaining long-term volunteers, and the greater impact it will have on the students as life-long learners. "
Founder of ePIFany Now , Bob Hoffman, said, "I am thrilled GRCC is holding another ePIFanyNow event. The last two have been very successful, actually drawing the largest crowd of any ePIFanyNow event anywhere. I am so proud of the Grand Rapids community for embracing our mission to just be kind to others. My hope is everyone, whatever their circumstance, has an epiphany that we are all in this world together and the nicer we can be to one another the better it is for all of us."
Registration is required for the event. Volunteers can register online atwww.grcc.edu/passitforward
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.