CCAC students conduct “Notes and Coats” drive as 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance project to benefit homeless veterans and first responders in need
PITTSBURGH— In remembrance of those lost on 9/11 and in honor of those who serve, Community College of Allegheny County is conducting a coat drive, dubbed “Notes and Coats,” to benefit homeless veterans and first responders in need. The Student Life and Military and Veterans Services offices on the CCAC North, South and Allegheny campuses have teamed up to recruit donations of coats from students, faculty and staff, as well as the participation of individuals to write notes of encouragement to place in the coat pockets for the recipients. Students and staff at CCAC Boyce Campus are collecting blankets for homeless veterans and first responders in need.
The coats and blankets will be donated to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania for distribution at Stand Down, a day-long homeless veteran’s services fair held at Stage AE on Saturday, September 26. Students in CCAC clubs and organizations, as well as entire classes, will congregate on the three campuses from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, to write the encouraging notes as a way to also warm the hearts of the recipients this winter.
Dwight Boddorf, CCAC Director of Military and Veterans Services, is encouraging participation of students and staff throughout the campuses. “Because our homeless veterans need all the support we can give them to help them get through the winter months and get back on their feet, this is an especially valuable CCAC initiative that we hope will do a lot of good for vulnerable individuals.”
The CCAC Military and Veterans Services department will also participate in Stand Down by providing veterans with general information about all the educational benefits that are available to them. Last year’s Stand Down event assisted more than 300 local veterans who were homeless or at risk of being homeless.