Brian Vadakin | November 3, 2013
One of the Honors Community Council’s goals is to promote philanthropy and volunteerism, both within the college and in the larger Ohio University and Athens community. To that end, the group has a permanent committee devoted to promoting volunteer events sponsored by other student groups and to planning its own events and fundraisers.
During Spring Semester of the 2012-13 school year, HCC partnered with a group supporting local families with children diagnosed with autism. The group, formerly The National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio, partnered with a larger disability group earlier this year and is now known as the Appalachian Family Center for Autism and Disability Resources and Education (AF-CADRE).
AF-CADRE is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the needs of families by way of weekly support groups, increased information, and summer camp programs for children diagnosed with autism.
After a presentation to HCC last year by members of the organization, the Philanthropy committee organized a successful benefit concert at Casa Nueva to generate funds for the group. This fall, the committee is hosting various smaller fundraisers throughout the semester, while planning for a larger event in the spring.
“I think that HCC students are uniquely gifted and positioned within the university to make a difference,” said Bekki Wyss, a junior studying English in the Honors Tutorial College. “We do have a lot of really generous people who can donate their time because they want to be proud of the difference their college makes in the community.”
Bekki is the chair of the Philanthropy Committee in HCC this semester, and was formerly the president of the group. To learn more about the partnership, or other work HCC does, you can email her here, or read more about the group here.