Friday, December 18, 2009

Oberlin Athletics Lends a Helping Hand

The Oberlin College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in a CHAMPS/LIFE SKILLS initiative to give back to the Oberlin community during this holiday season.

From the Oberlin Athletics website:

All 22 Oberlin athletics teams combined to purchase a total of 72 gifts for six different families, marking the largest amount of gifts and recipients in the history of the “Helping Hands” project.

In addition to providing gifts for select families, the athletics department combined with the rest of the campus to secure 80 pounds of nonperishable food items that were delivered to the Oberlin Community Services Center earlier this week. In the past, the canned food drive has been manly focused on student-athletes, but by reaching out to the rest of the campus it made for the most success food drive endeavor since its inception eight years ago.

“I am really proud of what we were able to achieve,” SAAC Co-Chair Tammela Platt said.

All of the efforts benefited the Oberlin Community Service Center. Oberlin Community Services is a responsive community organization that provides direct assistance, referrals and other services to Oberlin area residents and groups who need help meeting their basic needs.

Since 1955, Oberlin Community Services (OCS) has supported the community in sensitive and caring ways. The OCS staff, Oberlin College work-study students, and more than a hundred volunteers join forces with schools, churches, medical and social service providers, civic groups, businesses, and government to offer a wide array of services to low-income citizens of Oberlin and Southern Lorain County.

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