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Campus competition gets individuals involved in community

February 18, 2018 GMT

A little competition can be fun.

Northeast Community College’s Student Leadership Association is also hoping that it can spur some good.

The group’s project — which won the young adult division of the Youth Philanthropy Contest — is called Volunteering for the Win. It includes a competition in which campus organizations and individuals at the college will compete during a three-week period in April to get the most community service hours.

The goal is to encourage students to serve the local community. The local organizations the projects that will be served are: animal shelters, nursing homes, Elkhorn Valley Museum, Faith Regional Health Services, Bright Horizons and others.

“(We want to) get Northeast students encouraged and engaged to serve our community (and) to inspire them to make a positive impact in the world we live,” said Allan Brenner, president of the Student Leadership Association. “We can’t wait to see the impact of our project in our community.”

In addition to increasing Northeast’s impact in the community, the group wants students to build new relationships and improve existing ones.

Prizes will be given to groups and individuals. T-shirts will also be given to participating members.

Last year, the Student Leadership Organization completed a project, Blankets for Vets, on its own that was successful, Brenner said. So the group is looking forward to continuing giving back this year through the youth contest.