In April, the Clinton community began a new initiative to assist students in need: the Eagle’s Nest Food Panty and Dress for Success Clothes Closet.
In conjunction with the CCC Student Senate, the President’s Office founded the Eagle’s Nest as a way to further help students overcome barriers to success.
The idea of a food pantry was conceived when one student made the comment, “I’m hungry, I have no food, and I don’t know where to go,” One person facing food insecurity is one too many here on the Clinton Campus, thus, the food pantry was born, as a press release from the college said.
The mission of the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry is to provide food and services to Clinton Community College students in need, while supporting and encouraging everyone to achieve their educational goals without the burden and stress of food insecurity. During the week of Celebrating Clinton held in April, faculty, staff, and local industry, donated food and sundry items to the pantry. The cupboards are now stocked and ready to be used.
The Dress for Success Closet was another initiative that kicked-off during the week of Celebrating Clinton. New or gently used professional clothing was collected, and is now available to Clinton students. The stress of trying to find the appropriate clothing to wear for an interview can be daunting; everyone wants to make a great first impression. When preparing for a job interview or searching for work, students who may not have the resources to purchase career-wear can come in, find the right outfit that suits their needs, and use it for entering the workforce. Clothing items do not need to be returned so that the student has access to what they have chosen at any time. Thanks to faculty, staff and local companies, the Dress for SuccessCloset is stocked with suits, ties, dress shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes and some underclothes.
The Eagle’s Nest is run by volunteer students and staff, and continues to grow through donations and supporting students.
Tiffanie is a Social Media Assistant Intern at SUNY System Administration. She is a senior at SUNY Albany double-majoring in Psychology and Communications.