Laramie County Community College’s Service Learning program has made a difference in the community since its inception, and the Union Pacific Foundation has made sure it will continue to do so. The Union Pacific Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Service Learning program, and that gift will be used to increase the involvement of the program in making Laramie County a better place to live and work.
Union Pacific has had a long-standing commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves and where its employees live and work. Its vision is to help the community through civic leadership, and it recognizes that LCCC’s Service Learning Program shares that goal.
During the 2008-2009 school year, 658 students, 29 faculty members, 9 administrators and 11 community partner staff members participated in completing 13,136 hours of direct community service. The college partnered with 51 non-profit agencies and local schools, affecting an estimated 10,600 individuals from the community. Among the many benefits provided by the service learning projects were bike helmets for kids, brochures for the American Red Cross, and even a car for a family in need.
The big project of the 2009-2010 school year so far has been Makin’ a Flippin’ Difference. Service Learning volunteers held pancake feeds, the proceeds from which were used to assemble more than 600 first-aid kits to be sent to Haiti.