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Introducing the Eagle's Nest Food Pantry and Dress For Success Clothes Closet

Friday, August 31, 2018

CCC President, Ray DiPasquale, is proud to introduce a new initiative here at Clinton: the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry and Dress for Success Closet. In conjunction with the CCC Student Senate, the President’s Office founded the Eagle’s Nest as a way to further help students overcome barriers to success.

The idea of a food pantry was conceived when one student made the comment, “I’m hungry, I have no food, and I don’t know where to go.” One person facing food insecurity is one too many here on the Clinton campus, thus, the food pantry was born.

The mission of the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry is to provide food and services to Clinton Community College students in need, while supporting and encouraging everyone to achieve their educational goals without the burden and stress of food insecurity. During the week of Celebrating Clinton held in April, faculty, staff, and local industry, donated food and sundry items to the pantry. The cupboards are now stocked and ready to be used.

The Dress for Success Closet was another initiative that kicked-off during the week of Celebrating Clinton. New or gently used professional clothing was collected, and is now available to Clinton students. The stress of trying to find the appropriate clothing to wear for an interview can be daunting; everyone wants to make a great first impression. When preparing for a job interview or searching for work, students who may not have the resources to purchase career-wear can come in, find the right outfit that suits their needs, and use it for entering the workforce. Clothing items do not need to be returned so that the student has access to what they have chosen at any time. Thanks to faculty, staff and local companies, the Dress for Success Closet is stocked with suits, ties, dress shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes and some underclothes.

Clinton Community College is the heart of our community, and our students’ success is all of our success. Donating to the Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry and Dress for Success Closet helps those in need on campus, as well as generates a positive outcome for the entire community. If you would like to make a donation, contact the President’s Office at (518) 562-4100. Once volunteer hours are set, a communication will be sent to all students to make them aware of when the pantry and closet will be open and available.