Commitment to Service & Community

Jamestown Community College, the first community college in the State University of New York, is a small institution closely tied to its local communities in western New York and northwest Pennsylvania. One of our alumna, Amy Ruth King, was working as a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, when it crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Her memory is honored on the Jamestown Campus with a memorial tree. Each fall for the past nine years, the local community has also hosted the Amy King Run fundraiser for kids, and Amy’s high school alma mater, Southwestern Central School located in Lakewood, NY, honors her name with a scholarship.

To mark the 10thanniversary of September 11, Jamestown Community College’s Campus Life office seeks to begin an annual day of service and has taken on the challenge presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Community partners in this endeavor will include the Mayor’s Office, Fire Department, Police Department, Chautauqua County Veteran’s Services, and local high schools. Our goal is to create a service experience that unites our students with these partners as well as other members of the community who choose to participate.

As our institution has multiple locations, the service projects in each of these communities will be developed in collaboration with the community partners previously mentioned and will consider the specific needs of the Jamestown, Olean, and Dunkirk local communities. Reflection will be built into the service day to commemorate those lost on September 11 and honor those who have served since as first responders and volunteer rescue assistants. Specifically, volunteers will discuss how service is used and can be used moving forward to address the challenges and social issues faced by the local community.

Student volunteer numbers are expected to include many of our first-year students whose Student Success Seminars will promote this service day as an experiential learning opportunity. Faculty, staff, and administrators will also be serving. Local community members and staff from community partners are also expected in actively participate. We estimate the total number of volunteers across all locations will reach or exceed 300.

Volunteers are expected to actively engage as a community, extending helping hands to each other and to those who will directly benefit from our service. Service will involve direct contact with those in need in the local community. The service day will be promoted through faculty, press releases, ongoing volunteer recruitment, and various media outlets. The experience will truly demonstrate JCC’s commitment to service and community.