Volunteerism among the Florida Tech community attracted national exposure last year with the ABC-TV Extreme Makeover project. That effort sent dozens of faculty, staff and students to the Canaveral Groves work site on cold January mornings to lend a hand. But, so much of our people’s good work goes unpublicized, or at least, there is very little fanfare.
In spring, especially, this activism tends to flower. Florida Tech supports its own causes, like WFIT fund drives and Scott Center events, but spends time and treasure on other community causes, many with campus organization, staff and faculty energy behind them.
So many examples come to mind and, of course, I wish there was space to note many others. Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society involves several organizations and creates a variety of giving opportunities every year. The March of Dimes March for Babies drew walkers and monetary support. The Spring Food Drive led by Business & Retail Operations brought in food for the hungry and homeless. So many fraternal organizations do their part every year. Delta Tau Delta, for example, braved banana spiders and fire ants to clean up South Vero Beach conservation land.
And, homeless animals were not forgotten, either. We voted online to support the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge to benefit the Central Brevard Human Society. And Andrew Cudmore’s marketing class turned animal activist with Shelter Helpers, which helped the South Animal Care and Adoption Center.
Our athletes lead causes, too. These include the annual pink-ribbon basketball games that raise money for breast cancer research and the women’s basketball team joining in the multiple sclerosis walk that started at Panther Plaza. Football team members passed out water when the Scott Center was part of the Melbourne Music Marathon and packed food for Brevard County’s Children’s Hunger Project.
And of course, so many more efforts go unsung. What I see occurring at our university reminds me of the words of Sir Winston Churchill, who said: “We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.”