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‘Tis the season at Brandman

January 06, 2015 by Guest Contributor

One of the things I enjoy most about working at Brandman University is the constant reminder of our nonprofit mission: that we are here to serve our students and strengthen the community. During the holiday season, many from the Brandman community go above and beyond. Here’s a recap of efforts from local campuses and the central administration.

Kelly Rico, a former employee of RCOC, introduced the Wish Tree program to Brandman this year and was overwhelmed by the response. Within hours of sending out an email asking her fellow employees if they wanted to participate, Kelly had enough requests to complete 25 sets of wishes. She contacted RCOC for additional names and in the end, 41 employees provided gifts for 55 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

“I am so happy everyone was so willing to participate,” said Kelly, senior executive assistant to Saskia Knight, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and Student Affairs. Kelly hopes to make the Wish Tree program an annual event.

In keeping with the Spirit of Giving, the Fairfield campus will be participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree project this year. Faculty, staff and students can take an angel from the tree and buy a new unwrapped gift for a local child in need; the campus will help more than 30 families in need. “The Fairfield campus is proud to be a part of such a great cause,” said Campus Director Linda Montenegro.

Twelve team members from the Brandman Riverside and Menifee campuses volunteered their time to cook lunch for homeless veterans who are housed at March Air Force Base. “We got done with lunch so quickly, that we offered to help them prepare for dinner as well. We prepared veggies, meat and dessert for 60 vets,” said Kristin Plapis, Campus Director. “It was a fun day.”

In keeping with the Spirit of Giving, the Fairfield campus will be participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree project this year. Faculty, staff and students can take an angel from the tree and buy a new unwrapped gift for a local child in need; the campus will help more than 30 families in need. “The Fairfield campus is proud to be a part of such a great cause,” said Campus Director Linda Montenegro.

The Lacey Campus partnered with Sleep Country for a secret Santa program for foster children in the local area. Faculty and staff contributed over 100 gifts this year, including: Michael Brouillette, Senior Academic Advisor; Kailani Quichocho, One Stop II; Margo Deegan, Campus Director; Kekoa Quichocho (Kailani’s son); Jeff Hill, Faculty Services; Jessica Freier, Work Study; Antoinette Freier, Work Study; Zane Speegle, VA Work Study.

Every year, the Antelope Valley Campus become secret Santa’s to a senior organization called “Home Instead” which was established with a passionate desire to be a trusted in-home care agency in order to help family keep aging mothers, fathers, grandparents or friends in their home as they grow older. Faculty and staff collected dozens of gifts this year. “It’s truly a joy for us to help our seniors during the Christmas season,” said Campus Director Norma Contreras.

 

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