The next featured student club in our series is one of the most community service-oriented clubs on the Centralia College campus. It is also one of the most diverse with a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
TRIO Club works year-round to seek and create positive change in themselves, their organization, and the community. Members are encouraged to take initiative to lead and contribute to Centralia College and the community. Students in the club must be registered with one of the TRIO programs, though there are many ways to participate with the club for those who want to volunteer for one of their many worthwhile causes.
Recently the club held its 10th annual USA Today Making a Difference Day, giving out new coats, shoes, and supplies to young children in the Centralia College Early Childhood Education and Action Program (ECEAP). In spring 2014, they raised money for victims of the Oso landslide and the Nepal earthquake. Over the summer, they raised money to provide supplies to firefighters battling local wildfires.
This year, their annual gala will focus on a couple of local people who are overcoming tragedy – a woman who recently endured brain surgery and a father and son who are burn victims.
Community service isn’t the only thing the club focuses on. They also have fun building lifelong friendships through social activities and outings. They go on field trips and visit other colleges, and provide each other support as they navigate college life.
“These amazing students, who often overcome many obstacles to achieve their educations, do so much for the community,” said TRIO Club advisor Cindy Broadbent. “It’s one of the things we focus on, giving back to the community and making a difference in other people’s lives.”
TRIO is a federally funded program that assists low income, first generation, and disabled students to achieve a college education through a variety of programs, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Talent Search.