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Published 12/9/2004

Owens Students Make a Difference In the Lives of Those Less Fortunate

Owens students' Doug Maas of Portage (left) and Nick Huenefeld of Northwood lend a helping hand sorting clothes during the college-wide Clothing Drive. With the start of the frigid temperatures and harsh winter season in Northwest Ohio, many homeless individuals are faced with the reality of trying to survive the cold with only the clothes they are wearing. For two Owens Community College student organizations, the thought of people battling the winter season without coats or blankets was enough for a decision to organize a college-wide Clothing Drive.

In late November, Owens' Student Government and the Environmental Club coordinated a Clothing Drive asking for various charitable donations from area residents and the College's faculty, staff and students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. The donations collected would then be given to help those less fortunate.

Within the span of a week, the two student organizations collected over 30 garbage bags full of donated items, such as blankets, coats, hats, gloves, boots, scarves and headbands. All charitable donations were separated and presented to St. Paul's Community Center's Outreach Program, which is located in downtown Toledo.

"It feels great to help those who are in need," said Josh Hartbarger, a Whitehouse resident and Owens Student Government President. "The donations collected will help individuals in need of blankets and clothing during the cold winter months."

According to John Byers, Owens Part-Time Receptionist/Secretary for Arts and Sciences, and Environmental Club advisor, the donations presented to St. Paul's Community Center's Outreach Program were immediately given to homeless individuals sleeping in the bitterly cold temperatures.

"I am very proud of our students and their desire to make a difference," he said.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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