The Brothers for Change Annual Community Day: Fun and fellowship
Brothers for Change (B4C), a Randolph-Macon College
student organization, hosted Community Day on March 31, 2012. The day-long
event took place in the Brock Sports and Recreation Center.
Community Day for a slideshow of photos from the event.
Children ages 5-17 joined B4C members for a day of games, sports, food and fellowship.
Participants also had the opportunity to tour the R-MC campus. This year’s guest
speaker was Dr. Jamelle Wilson, superintendent
of Hanover County Public Schools.
Kenneth White ’12, president of B4C, says this year’s event was
a huge success.
"The fact that we were able to work with 134 children and have Dr. Wilson join us
for part of the day is a testament to the hard work of Brothers 4 Change, Alpha
Phi Omega and other volunteers."
The mission of Brothers for Change, which was founded in 2005, is to promote leadership,
diversity and responsibility among young men. Community service is one of the group’s
primary goals. Each year, B4C members prepare and present Thanksgiving baskets and
Christmas gifts to families in need and rake leaves for elderly citizens. B4C also
has an afterschool mentorship program at Henry Clay Elementary School in Hanover
County. Each week, several B4C members work with children in the school’s Positive
Action Club, a prevention program for children in grades K through 5.
Sociology Professor Reber Dunkel, coordinator
of the Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences (SERVE)
program, praises B4C’s dedication and community spirit.
“Reaching out to local youth is an excellent way for our students to make bridges
from campus to Ashland,” says Dunkel. “This kind of mentorship—with R-MC students
serving as role models for youngsters—is a win-win situation. The Brothers 4 Change
members provide fellowship and guidance to younger members of our larger community.
Having a speaker like Superintendent Wilson at the event stresses the importance
of education; it underscores the vital impact our students can have when engaged
in community service.”
In 2011, Brothers for Change was presented the
Pepper and Stuart Laughon Commitment to Community Award. The award, named
in honor of R-MC Board of Trustee member Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon Jr. ’59 and his
wife Stuart, is given annually to an individual or organization that has made significant
contributions to enrich the lives of others. In addition, B4C is a 2012 nominee
for the Hanover Spirit of Volunteerism Award.
In 2010-11, R-MC students collectively amassed almost 8,000 volunteer hours. Nearly
50 students spent an alternative Spring Break in Florida for a combined 950 hours
with Habitat for Humanity and 130 hours for a Haiti Relief project. Students in
R-MC’s Greek organizations contributed more than 4,500 hours of collective service
to the community, collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 60 inches of hair
to Locks of Love, 21 toys to Toys for Tots and generous funds to various organizations.
In addition, money was raised on campus and donated to the Red Cross & Partners
in Health for the Haiti Earthquake Relief. The SERVE program, in the
Office of Student Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s
Leadership Development and Service Initiative.