PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Volunteerism is nothing new for students at Northern Maine Community College. Students on the Presque Isle campus often give their time to fix up homes, gather books for children or secure donated food and other goods for the less fortunate.
This month, students enrolled in two sections of an ethics class taught by NMCC instructor David Raymond will focus their efforts on raising awareness about hunger and helping to end the worldwide problem.
Throughout the month, students in Raymond’s classes either will volunteer at an area soup kitchen or food pantry or experience firsthand the reality of hunger while also raising funds to feed the hungry.
Raymond said recently that the purpose of the assignment is to put theory into practice by helping to lessen hunger in the local community, the country and the world.
“Most communities in Aroostook County have some sort of food pantry, soup kitchen or free meals program,” he said, adding that as part of the assignment, students are asked to volunteer to help in any way they can at such an organization.
Another option for Raymond’s students is participating in the national 30-hour Famine for Hunger sponsored by World Vision. In its 19th year, World Vision’s 30-hour famine campaign is designed to raises awareness and money to fight hunger in the U.S. and overseas.
Students who participate in that event solicit sponsors, then fast for 30 hours to experience what hunger feels like.
The students who take part will be fasting on April 22 and 23. All of the money raised goes to World Vision.
Raymond will lead a discussion on hunger at noon Thursday, April 22, in which previous participants will share their thoughts about the 30-hour famine. When the fast ends at noon April 23, participants will take part in a group meal that will consist of a typical ration given by relief agencies to famine victims.
Students participating in the event are asking the NMCC campus and community to make donations, which can be made at the NMCC college relations office, just off the Christie Lobby. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts will be provided.
“Every dollar counts,” Raymond said. “One dollar can help feed and care for a child for a day.”