R-MC has a strong tradition of service to others.
Randolph-Macon College has a strong tradition of service to others.
In keeping with this tradition, R-MC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity was awarded
a State Farm Matching Grant in October 2012 and students have been working tirelessly
all year to fundraise for Hanover Habitat for Humanity.
A campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity is a student-led, student-initiated organization
that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and
educate to support the work for Habitat for Humanity.
R-MC students raised $2,000 to donate to Hanover Habitat for Humanity, and State
Farm matched that amount. The Randolph-Macon College Campus Chapter is one of 27
campus chapters to be awarded a matching grant from State Farm. The money will go
toward constructing a house for a family in Hanover County.
“Under the direction of R-MC’s Megan Senske and Christina Cozart, the Randolph-Macon
College Chapter has become a driving force, providing significant financial support
and volunteer engagement to Hanover Habitat for Humanity,” says Tim Bowring, executive
director of Hanover Habitat for Humanity. Cozart is a member of the Hanover Habitat
Board of Directors and a co-advisor for R-MC’s chapter.
“For Hanover Habitat, this grant brings a family one step closer to home ownership,”
says Cozart. “Our local affiliate is truly proud. I am equally proud to watch our
chapter members grow and challenge themselves. They reached out to the community
to raise this money and their hard work has paid off.”
The R-MC Habitat chapter was not alone in raising the money for the matching grant.
Local Hanover schools and businesses that hosted fundraisers to help raise the proceeds
include: Patrick Henry High School, First Union Market Bank, Chickahominy Middle
School, Liberty Middle School, Duncan Memorial Church and St. James the Less Episcopal
“Raising $2,000 can be a daunting task but everyone worked really hard and I’m proud
to say we surpassed that goal,” says Cara DeCesare ’13, treasurer.
“It was great to work closely with our Hanover affiliate and we look forward to
more collaborations with them!”
In 2011-12, R-MC students collectively amassed more than 10,000 volunteer hours.
Students in R-MC’s Fraternity and Sorority
Life contributed more than 5,000 hours of collective service to the community,
collected 550 pounds of canned food, donated 35 school-supply baskets, and donated
$9,388.74 to various organizations. In addition, $30,000 was raised and donated
to the American Cancer Society from the annual Relay for Life. The
SERVE program, in the Office of Student Life,
is an integral part of Randolph-Macon’s Leadership and Service Initiatives.