Last Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, new students at Toccoa Falls College dedicated their time to serving the community of Toccoa. The community projects team at the college planned various events in the local area that allowed the “new-to-Toccoa” students an opportunity to receive the blessing of both partnership and service to citizens of Stephens County.
Whitney Conaway, the community projects leader for TFC’s Student Government Association said, “Overall nearly 200 freshmen donated their time in areas of service such as giving flowers to the elderly at the local nursing home, hosting a block party at the Boys and Girls Club, adopting three local families and doing yard work for them, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen, and doing cleaning projects at the Boys and Girls Club. This not only facilitates an atmosphere of service where freshmen reach out to the community around us, but it also helps our new students learn how to support and take care of their new home—the community of Toccoa. It creates an avenue for future involvement for our TFC students.”
Gary Lance, director of the Soup Kitchen in Toccoa said, “The Soup Kitchen was blessed by the community outreach efforts of Toccoa Falls College’s Student Government Association. Nearly 25 freshmen students cooked, served, cleaned, helped organize, and did repairs on Saturday, August 25th. The Soup Kitchen staff appreciated TFC’s assistance in helping us feed the hungry in Toccoa and Stephens County.”
From its inception, Toccoa Falls College has been a vital part of the community of Stephens County and especially the city of Toccoa. While the students who attend the college literally come from across the United States and around the world, it is Toccoa that they call home for the four years they are in college. After graduation, many remain in the northeast Georgia area or return years later.