For the second year in a row, HCC students worked together to help those in need thanks to the encouragement of HCC sociology instructor Daniel Madron.
Through his efforts, Madron and his students cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner to 800 people at three locations — Lifehouse West in Hagerstown, the Salvation Army, and the Community Action Council (CAC).
"This event is really amazing," Madron said. "It's great for students because they are not only helping the community but they are learning about things we discuss in class. It's very important to me that our students have this exposure to the real world."
Madron, who began teaching at HCC in 2010, believes that one of the greatest underserved populations in the United States is the homeless. As a teacher, Madron says that he wants his students to experience sociology firsthand and encourages them to do so by raising money, seeking food donations, and helping serve those in need.
"We as a community need to help those who are less fortunate, especially around the holidays," says Madron. "The holidays are a time when many of us are enjoying amazing food, spending time with friends and family, and generally feeling warm and loved. We need to spread those feelings to others."
Madron says that approximately 70 sociology students participated in the project this year. He plans to do a similar project in April around the Easter holiday.