NW Pilot Project Benefits Azle Group

Volunteers from Northwest Campus delivered clothing, appliances and kitchen items to the Azle Community Caring Center last week. Donations were collected from NW students, faculty and staff in May as part of a pilot service project launched by the campus’ Student Development Services office.

The project, “Spotlight on Service,” is a  partnership between the NW  learning community and residents of Tarrant County. Donations were collected throughout the month of May in various locations including the Walsh Library, 360o Food Court and various Student Development offices.

The nonprofit Azle Community Caring Center provides food, clothing, household goods, limited assistance with utilities and prescriptions, and counseling and referral services. Funded solely from community donations including individuals, churches and business, the 10-year-old organization served more than 1,000 people in May.

“The response has overwhelmed us,” said Vice President for Student Development Services Joe Rode, who envisioned the project. “It says a lot about our TCC students, faculty and staff and their willingness to serve others.”

During the 2010-11 school year, a different organization will be featured each month as the campus service project.

On hand for the delivery were  Bobby Arnold, auto mechanic; Betsy Bradshaw, senior office assistant for Student Activities; Johnny Holland, patrol officer; Noe Martinez, patrol officer; Vesta Martinez, director of Student Activities; Kathy Saburn, administrative office assistant for Continuing Education; Becky Staats, senior secretary for Media Services; Tracy Williams, coordinator of Career and Employment Services; and Weatherly Williams, student.

Other committee members for the project are Evette Brazzile, director of health, disability support service and career placement; Lilia Covio-Calzada, counseling special projects coordinator; Ricks Edmondson, director of counseling/testing; Teresa Evans, coordinator of testing; Gary Goodwin, vice president of Continuing Education Services;  Thomas Kemp, business and economics professor; Michael Krieg, lead groundskeeper; Julie Lantrip, government associate professor;  Alicia Lupinacci, management and marketing professor;  Don Mack, sociology/psychology assistant professor;  Sandra McCurdy, director of library services;  Annette Nolte, psychology professor; Vera Ornelas, coordinator of the learning center; and Wendi Pierce, English adjunct professor.