Joe Wyatt
Published October 17, 2016

Effectively engaging more than 10,000 students is a tall order that keeps Amarillo College faculty and staff on their toes daily, but the busy AC workforce still finds time to occasionally shift its focus from campuses to community.

Day of caringSuch will be the case on Saturday, Oct. 22, when as many as 200 volunteers from the AC Family are expected to turn out for the College’s annual Day of Caring, a community-service undertaking to provide assistance in a variety of capacities throughout the city.

AC’s workforce will be represented in force from 9 a.m. to noon on behalf of the following community service organizations:

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4117 S.W. 34th St.
  • Faith City Mission, 401 S.E. 2nd Ave.
  • High Plains Food Bank, 815 Ross St.
  • The Children’s Home, 3400 S. Bowie St.
  • Salvation Army, 400 S. Harrison St.
  • Wesley Community Center, 1615 S. Roberts St.
  • Downtown Women’s Center, 409 St. Monroe St.

AC’s Day of Caring in 2015 was a huge success. Much was cleaned, repaired, built or painted.

Here are just a few examples of AC’s impact that day: Children’s Home estimated AC saved them more than $3,000 in labor costs by trimming trees, etc.; Food Bank credited AC with salvaging 11,916 meals from 14,300 pounds of food; and Red Cross reported the installation of 81 smoke alarms within community homes.

This go-round, AC is serving at many of the same organizations and some new ones, too. Employee family members also are encouraged to join in, and students and faculty at AC’s Child Development Program will provide care for those family members who are too young to pitch in.

The Day of Caring will conclude with lunch served at 1 p.m. by the AC Cooking Team at the Washington Street Campus – on the Oeschger Family Mall.