The Saddleback Community Giving Back

The 53 Thanksgiving Baskets Collected for Student Veterans

We have a great deal to be thankful for at Saddleback College, especially everything the students and employees do each and every day to give back to the community. Over the past couple of weeks there have been some remarkable efforts that underscore our campus’ spirit of giving.

The Classified Senate led by co-chairs Tracy McConnell and Cathy Beres sponsored the 3rd annual ‘Giving Thanks’ to Saddleback student veterans.  With donations of over 5,000 non-perishable food items from students, faculty, staff, and management, they were able to present 53 overflowing Thanksgiving baskets to student veterans. In addition, contributions of gift cards and cash enabled each recipient to buy a turkey and all the fixings needed to create a complete family holiday meal.

The Associate Student Government sponsored a turkey drive to raise funds and food for student families in our Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS).  The students raised $951 and collected over 3,050 food items including six turkeys donated by a former ASG member. Their efforts provided enough food for a traditional thanksgiving dinner for over 20 families,.

The college’s student services division developed a partnership with Helping Hand Worldwide to provide free groceries each month for some of our students and veterans in need and to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Their first grocery distribution was on November 7th that served 48 students, with distributions occurring on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in Lot #1 between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.  This group effort was led by Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, Terence Nelson, Joyce Semanik, Lisa Inlow, Sholeh Alizadeh, Erin Long, and Leslie Humphrey.

These efforts and many more across campus make important contributions to our students’ success and supporting our community at large.  We greatly appreciate the work and contributions from hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and management.