BCIT Community Service
MATCH/PATCH School Supply Drive
Before the 2018-19 school year began, BCIT helped collect school supplies for the MATCH/PATCH program run by the Sheriff’s Office. The Mothers and Their Children/Papas and Their Children program is designed to maintain and strengthen the bond between an incarcerated parent and their children though educational classes that enhance parent and life skills. The school supplies collected went to the children of incarcerated parents who are participating in the MATCH/PATCH program to help prepare them for the school year.
Each year, Bexar County runs a fundraiser to help provide support to theArtsFund, program dedicated to supporting the arts in education by bringing innovative and inspiring arts programs to classrooms that help teachers to bridge achievement gaps in learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or STEM.
To help contribute, BCIT hosted several taco sales, a bake sale, and ran several raffles with a variety of prizes, as well as made donations through payroll deduction and with cash or checks. Not only did BCIT beat the goal of $3,500 (a 5% increase over the amount donated in 2017), but also raised an additional $500!
Children's Court Easter Cheer Project
For Easter, BCIT partnered with the Bexar County Children's Court to help make Easter baskets and collect stuffed animals for the children and families in the Children's Court. Altogether BCIT donated enough supplies to make 26 Easter baskets for children ages 2-5 years and 26 stuffed animals children under 10 months old.
Angel Tree for Christmas 2017
To give back during the Christmas season in 2017, BCIT participated in the Angel Tree program. All 50 of the angels given to BCIT were adopted and all gifts, including 6 bicycles that were assembled by BCIT staff, were brought in and delivered by the deadline.
Hurricane Harvey Support
To help support those recovering from Hurricane Harvey, BCIT ran a food and supply drive, asking for donations of food, cleaning supplies, new clothes, pet supplies, and monetary donations. In just 3 ½ days BCIT donated:
- 316 lbs of food
- 80 lbs of non-food supplies
- 12 lbs of pet food
- 170 lbs of water
- $201 in cash
Outside of work, BCIT employees also stepped up to donate their personal time and support. These efforts included making baby baskets filled with baby clothes, diapers, and other baby supplies; fostering dogs until they could return home; and traveling down to Port Aransas to help support community members and businesses recover.