Riverside College’s motto is “Be remarkable!” and the 2015 Community Support Worker class recently proved that they mean it.
The class was challenged by their instructor to raise $400 for Mission Community Services’ homelessness programs in two hours, but, with the support of many local businesses and citizens, they managed to raise two-and-a-half times that amount.
“It’s an amazing tradition within our group,” said Paul Horn, the CSW class instructor. “Our aim is to demonstrate to students the power of community and the power of teamwork. What makes this an even more challenging undertaking is that the students have absolutely no prior knowledge they are going to be presented with this task, and they are not allowed to use their own money.”
They had to determine a strategy, set up team processes, and get started. Spontaneously raising $1,000 in 120 minutes is a remarkable achievement for the students and Mission, Horn said.
“I am proud of how quickly the people of Mission were willing to jump in and contribute to their community,” said student Brittany Pallett.
Tina Rutherford, also a student in the program, described how the course has been a life-changer for her.
“The CSW course has shown me how a small group of people can make a huge difference in a community. It has been such a pleasure to be involved in the class.”
Sanjay Gulati, executive director of Mission Community Services, said they are grateful for the funding, and for the advocacy provided by the students.
“The money these students have raised will support the MY (Mission Youth) House project, a true reflection of collaboration and community program.”