September 11, 2012

Owens Community College to Host Fall Charity Week Community Outreach Events, Sept. 17-20

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents are invited to help make a difference in lives of others by participating in a series of community outreach events as part of Owens Community College’s Fall Charity Week, Sept. 17-20.

Coordinated by the College’s Student Activities Office, the various activities will occur daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Community service is about helping others and Owens Community College’s Charity Week is intended to provide opportunities for students and area residents to engage in such outreach activities through service projects,” said John Byers, Owens Director of Student Involvement. “I encourage individuals to help in lifting the spirits of another person by participating in one of the College’s many projects during Charity Week.”

Each day, participants will have the opportunity to engage in several hands-on activities, which will include designing colorful T-shirts, using paint products, for Haitian children and creating and stuffing tote bags with an assortment of interactive activities, including crayons, coloring books, beaded necklaces and reading books, for children spending time in area hospitals. Attendees can also assist in assembling “blessing bags” filled with such items as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, band aids, Kleenex tissues, ChapStick and granola bars for area residents who are homeless in the surrounding communities. Additionally, individuals can put their writing skills to the test by making inspirational cards for inclusion within the “blessing bags”.

In addition to the hands-on Charity Week activities, community members can assist by donating new crayons, coloring books and reading books as well as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and granola bars, among other items. Individuals can drop off their donations in Student Health and Activities Center Room 165 throughout the week.

All completed projects from Charity Week will be delivered to the appropriate community groups and organizations throughout the Fall Semester. For more information about the upcoming Charity Week community outreach activities, call (567) 661-2569 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2569.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit