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Gulf Coast State College has a history of committing volunteer time in our service district of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties. In August 2016, the College introduced the Commodores Care campaign to expand our volunteerism efforts. Gulf Coast is committed to linking our employees to meaningful volunteer opportunities that support community-driven change with the added benefit of personal and professional development.

 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

  • BAY EDUCATION FOUNDATION TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN

    Make a commitment to be a mentor to a high school student and help prepare him/her to be successful.  Visit their website for more information.

  • COMMUNITY BREAKFAST - EVERY SATURDAY MORNING

    Every Saturday morning, First United Methodist Church holds a community breakfast at their Trinity Center located on the corner of Bonita and East 4th Street.  In addition to serving breakfast, the Center maintains a clothes closet, provides a shower trailer and haircuts, and a computer lab.  Come anytime between 6:30 am-8:00 am.  Typically, you can leave between 9:00-9:30 am and you will have gotten your day off to a good start by helping others.

  • OAKLAND TERRACE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

    Commodores Care has adopted a local Title 1 school for the 2017-18 academic year. Oakland Terrace School for the Arts has the 2nd highest poverty rate in the district, which should lend perspective to the lifestyle of the students and their families. The school provides 100% free and reduced lunch to their students. This means that all students eat breakfast and lunch for free, which is based on household income.

    MENTORING A STUDENT (# 1 priority)

    Do you have 30 minutes once or twice a month to encourage and support a student at Oakland Terrace School for the Arts? The children have a 30-minute lunch anywhere between 10:20-12:30. If this time frame does not work with your schedule, the school can work around that. You may be paired with a student that has an absent or incarcerated parent, is placed in foster care or lives with a relative, has temporary living arrangements, struggles academically or behaviorally, or has difficulty making friends. Mentoring allows you to build a relationship where you can provide a sense of nurture, stability and support. You may use your time with them to discuss their interests, family life and success at school. They may bring class work to work on or good grades to show you. Your impact will be immeasurable. To receive a volunteer application or for more information on mentoring at Oakland Terrace School, please contact Kimberly Kirkman at kirkmkl@bay.k12.fl.us.

    EASTER EGG HUNT

    Oakland Terrace School will be hosting a Parent/Reading Egg Hunt and is in need of plastic eggs and individually wrapped candy or small tokens by Friday, March 16th, 2018.

    AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS

    Classroom snacks that teachers could use including Individually wrapped crackers, goldfish, granola bars, pop tarts, fruit snacks, boxes of cereal, marshmallows, animal crackers, bags of small candies like M & M's or Skittles, bottled water, juice boxes, etc.

     FOOD PANTRY

    Items needed include any non-perishable can or boxed food, cereal, macaroni and cheese, crackers, bottled water, juice, toiletries, etc.

    To drop off items or for additional information, please contact Laura Green or Nancy Gibson.

  • 8th ANNUAL FURRY FRIEND 5K RUN/WALK

    The 8th Annual Furry Friend 5K Run/Walk is back! This pet friendly run/walk helps to support The Humane Society's ongoing mission of finding forever homes for homeless animals. Run or walk, PETS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED! ALL proceeds go directly to the shelter. 

    REGISTER BY MARCH 5TH AND SAVE WITH PROMO SAVEFFK5

    Registration is $30 per person - Registration through Active.com 
    Teams of 5, $120
    Teams of 6 to 10, $200

    Early registration ends April 6th, 2018 
    Prices increase $10 for day of registration

    Run/Walk STARTS at 8:00AM - paved course 
    Registration is FROM 7:00AM - 7:45AM 
    This is a fun run/walk, it will not be timed

  • RELAY FOR LIFE

    Consider volunteering your time at the Relay for Life event taking place in Panama City on April 28, 2018 to bring our community together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one day, neither do we.

    Click on the link to join the Gulf Coast State College team: Relay for Life

    Select "Create an Account" to start your commitment to fight cancer. Once your account is created, you can search for "Gulf Coast State College" to join our team.

Cherry Street Elementary School BackPack Project

Gulf Coast employees filled grocery bags full of food for children at Cherry Street Elementary to take home over the holiday break.  The grocery bags were delivered to students in combination with a pizza/holiday party provided by Gulf Coast employees as well.  Judi Gannaway from Enrollment Services coordinated these efforts.  Lots of time, hard work, and donations from our community were needed to provide this event.   As each group of kids entered the cafeteria, the sense of wonderment and delight was immediately evident in their eyes and their smiles. 

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PEC Project 2017-1 PEC Project 2017-2
Cherry Street Project 2017 PEC Project 2017-5
Cherry Street Project 2017  

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Gulf Coast employees and students participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk on Saturday, October 21 at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach.  The team raised $750.00 through online donations.

Breast Cancer WalkBreast Cancer Walk 2Breast Cancer Walk 3

 

March of Dimes

Gulf Coast Nursing Student Association and Commodores Care participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies Walk held on Saturday, May 6 in downtown Panama City.

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March of Dimes 1 Marc of Dimes 2

 

 

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Laura Green
850-872-3811
lgreen@gulfcoast.edu

Nancy Gibson
850-769-1551, ext. 5841
ngibson2@gulfcoast.edu

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