Charities may apply to become Niagara College’s next Many Hands reno by Sept. 11

Since 1998, Niagara College students have been reaching out to charitable organizations throughout Niagara and providing them with much-need renovations through its Many Hands Project.

Now, the College’s Many Hands committee is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Many Hands Project – a student-led renovation project that will enhance, improve and renovate the facilities of a local charitable organization.

Applications will be accepted until September 11, 2014.

Students from Niagara College’s Event Management (post-graduate) and Renovation Technician – Construction programs will plan, manage and execute all aspects of the project, which will take place during winter 2015.

“The Many Hands Project is wonderful opportunity for our students to give back to our community by giving a local agency much-needed improvements to their facilities,” said Christine Blaine, professor and coordinator of the College’s Event Management program. “Our students learn lessons in community service and leadership while gaining valuable hands-on experience in their fields of study.”

Over the years, Niagara College’s Many Hands Project has supported 17 not-for-profit organizations in the Niagara region through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. Earlier this year, the Many Hands Project resulted in improvements to the Upper Deck Youth Centre, a youth drop-in centre in Vineland. The renovations were supported by $37,300 raised by Event Management students who ran a series of fundraising events. Recent projects have also been completed at Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, Salvation Army in Fort Erie, and more.

Application forms are available online at http://www.niagaracollege.ca/manyhandsapp

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Selection of the project will be determined through the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Blane

Professor and coordinator, Event Management program

905-641-2252, ext. 4466

cblane@niagaracollege.ca

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