Public Affairs

Stories of Holiday Service

December 22, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

Stories of Holiday ServiceHoliday time is here and the CSU is spreading cheer… through community service. Throughout the year, campuses make strides in community engagement by providing countless hours on projects such as working outside on a beautification project at a home for former foster youth; digging and preparing foundations for single family homes; and providing critical care and rehabilitation for abused/neglected animals. However, the CSU makes an extra effort to boost its community spirit during the holidays.

Here's some of the ways CSU campuses shared the holiday spirit this year:

Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center organized the Spirit of Giving Drive and the campus community donated materials, money and time to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

A group of students at Cal State San Bernardino collected pajamas for foster children ages six months to 18 years old. A total of 2,452 pairs of pajamas were donated with an estimated value of more than $31,000.

Former foster youth in Cal Poly Pomona’s Renaissance Scholars program led a toy drive to provide gifts for children and youth in foster care.Former foster youth in Cal Poly Pomona’s Renaissance Scholars program led a toy drive to provide gifts for children and youth in foster care.

CSU Dominguez Hills’ students delivered 466 gift boxes filled with grooming and hygiene supplies to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, whose mission is to end homelessness for women.

Humboldt State University Service Learning Center partnered with the local food bank, Food for People, as part of a food drive on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods, collecting an average of 1,400 lbs. throughout campus.

The Community Center at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo organized a Holiday Gift Drive, distributing over 200 gifts to children throughout San Luis Obispo County.

CMA cadets with Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis at City of Vallejo Mad Hatter Holiday FestivalCalifornia Maritime Academy cadets helped families in Santa’s Playhouse make crafts and take photos with Santa, participated in a parade and tree lighting, and assisted with a toy drive and “Tea with Santa” reception for low-income and families facing illness.

The Educational Participation in Communities Program at Cal State L.A. conducted a university- wide Toy and Food Drive, creating personalized gift boxes of toys and food for families in communities throughout the Los Angeles area.