BC Commemorates 9/11

Background

Benedict College, originally Benedict Institute, was founded
in 1870 to educate newly emancipated people of African descent. Chartered as a
liberal arts college by the South Carolina legislature and renamed Benedict
College in 1894, the institution set forth a mission to prepare men and women
to be “powers for good in society.” In 2011, this historically black college
located in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina is a place where “Learning to
Be the Best: A Power for Good in the Twenty First Century” characterizes its
commitment to quality and continuous improvement. The College’s commitment to
utilizing its faculty, students, and administrative resources to provide
services to improve conditions in the African-American community, while
demonstrated college wide, is widely recognized and acknowledged through the
efforts of the College’s Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program.
Throughout their matriculation, students engage in service-learning activities
that build leadership and enhance their intellectual growth, civic
responsibility, and career exploration.

Project Partners

In the spirit of community service and in observance of the
September 11th National Day of Service, Benedict College students will engage
in service projects on September, 10th in participation with the September 11
National Day of Service at the Hannah House, Hope Plaza, C. M. Tucker Nursing
Facility, Jumpstart University Too! and the William. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA
Medical Center, all which are located in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia
College students and Shandon Baptist Church Volunteers of also served with
the college students on this day.

Community Need

By providing services to the aforementioned project
partners, Benedict College volunteers will honor those who have served their
country in the armed forces and then willingly return to their communities and
elect to serve their local communities as first responders. During this Day of
Service and Remembrance we recognize their sacrifices and pay tribute through
our services.

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center provides
health care services to veterans in Richland and surrounding counties. The
medical center provides a full range of patient care services. College
volunteers will complete a multitude of tasks assigned specifically designed by
the Center’s Voluntary Service Office. These will include recreational
activities, organization of donations, and much more. While serving at the
medical center, Benedict College students will learn more about the military
service efforts of these brave men and women.

Jump Start University- TOO! -fully accredited and holistic
program addresses each child individually. Their mission is to build confidence
and love of learning, giving students a solid foundation for a healthy and
happy life. Jump Start University offers many enriching opportunities for local
children to provide continuous preparation for college. Benedict College students will assist in cleaning and renovation of facility.

Hannah House is a faith-based transitional housing facility
serving Columbia, S.C. and the surrounding communities. Hannah House’s program
is designed to foster personal and spiritual growth in the life of their
residents by offering more than shelter; they offer the opportunity for a life
change. Hannah House creates a haven of hope and a center of help by
identifying and responding to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of their
residents. Benedict College students will assist in cleaning of the facility.

Hope Plaza is a resource for the Church and other existing
organizations to work together to meet the many needs of our community. Christ
Central, working through the Church in Columbia, provides a much needed
Christian response to the great needs of our city. Benedict College students will assist in organizing of  the facility.

C. M. Tucker Nursing Care Center's mission is to provide
excellence in resident care in an environment of concern and compassion that is
respectful to others, adaptive to change and accountable for outcomes. C.M.
Tucker provides care to a large number of military veterans in Columbia and
surrounding cities. Benedict College students will assist in engaging
residents in recreational activities. 

Commemoration

The students of Benedict College will encompass the spirit
of compassion, and service to their local heroes that have served our country
in the armed forces with their service at C.M. Tucker Nursing Facility and the
Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center. Prior to the service activities at
the mentioned sites, volunteers will engage in the Day of Service and
Remembrance Opening Program, which highlight the events of 9/11 and the
development of the Day of Service.  Participation
in the service projects allow college volunteers to pay tribute to those who
have accepted the call to serve and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Volunteers and Expected Accomplishments

There will be approximately 150 project volunteers. Project
volunteers will primarily be members of Benedict College’s Class of 2015, which
is comprised of over 1,000 Freshman Institute students. The Freshman Institute
at Benedict College is a college-wide supported, comprehensive advocacy program
for students in the first year of college designed to transform their first
year experience to create an effective learning community. Participating freshman will receive an opportunity to become acclimated to Columbia,
South Carolina by engaging in direct service to deserving agencies in their
college community. Freshman Institute volunteers will work alongside college
faculty and staff during this Day of Service and Remembrance. All project
volunteers will be reminded of the importance of first-responders and the
willingness of these responders to provide the ultimate sacrifice each and
every time they serve.

Promotion of the Day of Service and Remembrance

The College’s Public Relations staff in the Communication
and Marketing Department will assist student leaders with event advertisement
and promotion through local print media and broadcast centers. Press Releases
will be submitted prior to the event announcing the events to commemorate
September 11. Media efforts will also include visual advertisements, such as
flyers, which will be posted throughout campus. Mailings will be sent to
identified local leaders, alumni and partner constituents while electronic
communications via campus-wide internal systems such as Groupwise and
Edvance360, will be used for publication and promotion of event efforts to
students, faculty, and staff.