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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Question of the Month

Question of the Month

In honor of the recent Make a Difference Day in October, we would like to focus this month's question on community service and helping others. Tell us what you do in your spare time to give back to your community.

I am part of a group who provides a monthly meal and serves it to the residents of the Austin Street Shelter. We purchase ingredients for our "trash bag salad" which we make, purchase pick up 45 pizza's and provide soft drinks and water. Usually around 12-15 of us will drive to the shelter and serve those less fortunate. Occasionally, we will bring other essentials; bottled water, bath soap, toiletries, etc.

Terri Edrich, Human Resources

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My daughter and I host lemonade stands for Alex's Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit that raises funds for childhood cancer research. Google them. Do this with your kids, nieces, nephews, or grandkids.

Aaron Clark, Communications Division

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During the school year and summer school sessions I volunteer as an ESL instructor at a non-profit (North Dallas Shared Ministries) 2 hours every Thursday morning. Additionally, I crochet primi-caps and blankets for Parkland Hospital.

Bobbi Ansiaux, Business Division

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I recently volunteered to accompany a second grade class on a field trip to the Environmental Education Center in Seagoville. Although, I had no idea it was half-way across Texas (well . . . Dallas). We traipsed through the woods in search of wildlife, fed the barnyard animals (the cow slobbers, so many of us were slimed), and went on a bird-sighting expedition using binoculars (note: do not walk while looking through your binoculars).

Rhonda Bitner, Communications Division

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I volunteer with The City of Carrollton. I am currently serving a two year term as a commissioner on the Property Standards Board. I teach classes for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge for a troop of Boy Scouts in Carrollton; and I am an American Red Cross volunteer.

Debi Whitley, President's Office

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I serve in the Denton County Medical Reserve Corp. The MRC serves during state and national natural disaster and is trained to render aid in case of a terrorist attack. I serve in 2 capacities. Most of my time is spent as a Communication Coordinator. I am cross trained, by past job experience, as a Radiological Safety Officer.

Jerry Bartz, Geospatial Technology Program

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Read to 2nd and 3rd graders and talked/answered questions about college at Gooch Elementary.

Darise Error, BCSA

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I serve on the board of the community water department. My spare time includes digging ditches & repairing water line leaks. I love meeting neighbors & helping repair their water line problems...including trying to save grass sod where we dig :) I also love the physical work involved....this last Saturday I worked 5 hours in the mud repairing a water line leak...sticky clay mud from head to the bottom of my work boot toes :) When I retire in August I will probably become a licensed water system operator....the lowest level certificate as I do not have the years of experience under my belt...but my chemistry degree counts toward some years of experience.

Nancy Graff, Chemistry Department

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We are avid Doberman fans in our house and are currently living with Philmar Spider-Man Peter Parker Allen (aka Pete), so we give back by supporting the Doberman Rescue of North Texas. Anyone can donate time, food, money, transport, computer skills, and other items to this rescue and numerous other rescues across the city. Needless to say, it is worth it!

Jennifer Allen, Social Sciences

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I volunteer with an animal advocacy group and an animal rescue organization in Dallas.

Lois Wagenseil, Library

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My family participates regularly in a variety of service projects from church missions to blood donation to animal rescue to community arts and so on. I hope the list goes on through our kids for years to come.

Thom Chesney, President's Office

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Aside from picking up trash left around campus and around my neighborhood, my sister and I volunteer our spare time at all-ranges of shelters, from animal to human, we help the city with plantings and garden renovations, and we also started a community block drive, where we collect our neighbors' giveaways and donate them to shelters.

Mary Schoals, Marketing and Creative Services

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