October 24, 2012

Owens Community College Announces ‘The Giving Tree’ Community Outreach Program, Nov. 1-20

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College is providing opportunities for area residents to make a difference in their surrounding Northwest Ohio communities by announcing the second annual “The Giving Tree” community outreach program. During the month of November, individuals will have the chance to give back to others through acts of kindness as determined by messages on designated leaves of “The Giving Tree”.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, participants will have the first opportunity to choose a leaf on “The Giving Tree” for their community outreach assignment. Trees will be located in Founders Hall and the College Hall Atrium on the College’s Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College wanted to once again provide an outlet that connects the community to volunteer opportunities and ‘The Giving Tree’ outreach program accomplishes that goal,” said Nicole Buccalo, Owens Student Activities Assistant. “Participants will be able to go up to the tree and choose from one of three colored leaves. Red leaves will be the highest level of giving, orange leaves will be the second highest and yellow leaves will be the lowest level, which will primarily have no cost. Each leaf will have a volunteer task, which ranges from opening the door for someone to donating a toy item for Toys for Tots.”

Buccalo added, “All community outreach tasks are asked to be dropped off in boxes adjacent to “The Giving Tree” locations. At that time, all completed projects will be delivered to their respective community organizations. I encourage local residents to make a difference through small acts of kindness and participate in ‘The Giving Tree’ program.”

Among the organizations participating in “The Giving Tree” community outreach program are the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, Toys for Tots, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, The Cocoon Shelter, Missions International of America, the United States military, Owens Harvest Food Pantry and the Wood County Humane Society.

For more information about the community outreach program, 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 www.owens.edu.