The Mohawk Valley Community College Foundation raised $26,525 from 233 donors during its Week of Giving in support of the College-Community-Connection (C3) program, MVCC announced.
The program helps MVCC fulfill its mission to provide accessible college education by addressing barriers that keep students from achieving academic goals, through various resources including an on-campus food pantry and referrals to community services, the college said.
While the program is partially funded through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, the college is moving toward self-sufficiency within three years, and the donations will help go toward the goal of continuing the program’s positive impact, said MVCC.
The C3 program was developed in 2016, with a goal to provide students with an on-campus support center to offer solutions to non-academic issues that could prevent them from completing their degree. Services have included support with food insecurity, housing, and other basic needs; child and elder care; transportation and bus passes; counseling and legal services; school supplies; and healthcare.
The program so far has served more than 800 students. The four most-used services include the food pantry, bus passes, food vouchers, and child care assistance, said MVCC. Retention rates increased 10% from Fall 2016, when the program was implemented, to Spring 2018.