LBCC’s C.A.R.E. Holiday Campaign Supports of Single Parent Students

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Long Beach City College’s (LBCC) Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (C.A.R.E.) program’s annual gift giving campaign in support of single-parent students will end on December 7, 2013 with a CARE holiday celebration where parents and their children will receive special gift items collected from LBCC staff, faculty and students. The event will be held at the Liberal Art Campus located at 4901 East Carson Street in Long Beach at the Nordic Lounge next to the D Building lawn area from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Launched on November 5, the CARE program collects shampoos, conditioner, lotions, soaps, scrubs, hair and spa products for students and toys for their children ages six-months to 12 years. Long Beach City College students and the Long Beach community are encouraged to donate during the final days of collection.

“The campaign is a way for LBCC and the community to help single-parent students remain focused on their education and career goals and not worry about the holidays and some of life’s basic items,” said program specialist Deborah Boyle. “These students are trying to make a better life for themselves and their child(ren). We want them to know that we care and want them to succeed.”

Students enrolled at LBCC, and who are part of the CARE program, are eligible. CARE assists Long Beach City College students who are low-income single parents in achieving their educational goals and transition from welfare to work.

Murad Skincare, an El Segundo-based manufacturer of world-renowned prestigious clinical skin health products, is a major contributor to the campaign. Murad has contributed over 200 items to enhance the quality of life for LBCC single parent students. “We appreciate the dedication and sacrifice parents who are on their own make to balance college life with family life,” said Hilarie Murad, president of the Murad Family Foundation. “For these parents, the stress of managing day-to-day life runs even higher during the holidays. Our company was founded on the idea that taking care of yourself first makes you better able to care for others. We are happy to do our small part in helping single parents feel a little more cared for and less stressed.”

“We want our students who are parents to know they are supported in their goals and that LBCC is a community of sharing and giving, “ said Eric Borin, Director of Extended Opportunities Program Services at LBCC. “We want to celebrate our students who are working through parenthood and their academics by giving them everyday items of use.”

Donations can be made by visiting either the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC- A1135) or Pacific Coast Campus (PCC-MD 116) or by contacting Deborah Boyle, CARE Program Specialist, at (562) 938-4088. Contributions are tax deductible and will receive a contribution letter for your records.

The CARE program was established by the State of California “to help welfare recipients become convinced that they and their children are important, that they are capable, and that with proper support they can break the welfare dependency cycle through education and job training.” CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists students, who are single heads of welfare households with young children, with supportive services as they acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. Every CARE student is an EOPS student who must meet the eligibility criteria for both programs. There are currently 113 CARE programs in all 72 community college districts in California.

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Long Beach City College consists of two campuses with an enrollment of over 25,000 students each year. The education program’s primary purpose is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions, entry into work or career development, and to support businesses in economic development. Long Beach City College serves the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon.

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