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PCC Action Team chips in for good cause

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The PCC Action Team was “in action” on Oct. 6 for Comcast/Hands On Greater Portland’s Cares Day. Kim Smith, sociology instructor and TLC co-director at Sylvania, led a team of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members in this city-wide day of service.

Representing PCC were 27 volunteers who helped out at the Oregon Food Bank, David Douglas High School covering library books, sorting donations at Schoolhouse Supplies, and painting Vernon Elementary. At the food bank, the team joined 65 others to pack 29,158 pounds of food (19,472 pounds of apples), which translates into 22,429 meals.

Another group also stuffed 6,500 envelopes, which is estimated to bring in $130,000 in donations for the Oregon Food Bank. Aside from corporate teams, PCC has had the largest volunteer team each of the last four years.

In total, the Cares Day consisted of 11 sites in three counties, including six public schools with gross revenue of $60,000. Portland Mayor Tom Potter spent the better part of the morning rolling paint at Ockley Green Middle School. Kudos go out to all PCC employees and staff that participated in Cares Day.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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