We are a community that believes in giving back,
making a difference, and being a part of
something bigger than ourselves.
Here are some of the ways we give back:
  • Students FCPS SUCCESS Program
    We are proud of a new partnership between our student teachers and students from the FCPS SUCCESS program, a secondary transition/vocational education program designed for students 18-21 years of age with disabilities.
  • Student with Bicycle Bicycle Donations
    Since 2006, assistant professor of Art Shane Sellers has worked with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek to get unused or outgrown bikes out of our garages and into the hands of people who desperately need them.
  • Students holding turtle Creek Cleanup
    FCC students teamed with Hood College counterparts to clean up the creek in Frederick’s Willowdale Park, as part of the Waterway Cleanup Service Project.
  • Students Gardens & Scarecrows
    Students in the FCC Leadership Legacy program helped prepare gardens at Fox Haven, which provides organic produce for people in need.
  • Students Middle School Mentoring
    FCC employees mentor students at Monocacy Middle School where they assist with homework, discuss career and future plans, and play games.
  • Students Park Beautification
    A group of administrators teamed with the Frederick City Parks and Recreation Department to beautify Willowdale Park along Rock Creek near Route 40 in Frederick.
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During the semester, students in the FCC Foundations of Special Education course learn about inclusive education, developmental characteristics of exceptional students, and strategies for teaching and accommodating students. They apply that learning by writing lesson plans and hosting classes three times a semester with students in the SUCCESS program.

SUCCESS program students have come to FCC regularly for years, and 2017 was the first year that FCC students in the teaching program became involved and had the opportunity to lead classes.
The partnership provides FCC students with real-life teaching experience to enhance the lessons they learn in class, while also providing SUCCESS students the chance to interact with same-aged peers and become comfortable on the FCC campus.

For each visit, FCC students pick a topic that is seasonally relevant and create a lesson that teaches a new concept or skill in a context that is familiar to the SUCCESS students. The first session focused on marketing and sales at farmers’ markets, varieties of apples, and Newton’s law of gravity.

The new partnership has been well received by both FCC and SUCCESS students, including FCC student Alyssa Eby who said, "This was such an eye opening and educational experience for me in many aspects. It was so amazing to see FCC and the Arc come together and share a day of knowledge and fun. It also provided me an opportunity to see my lesson plan come to life and see just how much it can impact students' lives."

The program is supported by the Arc of Frederick County, which provides transportation and supervision for students in the SUCCESS program.
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Bicycle Donations
For many of us, owning a bicycle is something that we take for granted. It provides recreational enjoyment – something fun to do on a nice day. But for many people across the world, owning a bike can have a much bigger impact. For those with low financial resources or no access to transportation, having a bike gives them the ability to get to school or work, which might otherwise be impossible. For health care providers in developing countries, it’s an opportunity to help people living in remote locations that would be inaccessible without a bike.

For more than 10 years, Shane Sellers, assistant professor of art at FCC, has been teaming up with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek to get unused or outgrown bikes out of our garages and into the hands of people who desperately need them through Bikes for the World. This organization works to improve access to affordable transportation and promote sustainable development abroad through donating containers of second-hand bicycles and bicycle parts to select organizations throughout the Global South, particularly in Africa, Central America, and the South Pacific. Based in Arlington, VA, Sellers first read about Bikes for the World in a magazine article.

As someone who has always been interested in sustainability and promoting the use of bikes for commuting, Shane immediately wanted to get involved with this effort. He contacted the national office and was later matched up with the rotary
club that was already working locally to help the organization.

Since then, Shane has helped the club collect bikes and has been instrumental in getting many people from the FCC community involved. Over the years, he has teamed up with former FCC faculty member Charlie Cottingham, who is now retired, and numerous students to seek bikes to be donated and prepare them to be shipped. It’s hard to quantify the impact those bikes are making on the people who receive them, but it means a significant improvement in their quality of life.
We thank Shane for his commitment to this worthy cause and we are grateful he has led so many others on our campus to get involved. His work reminds us that local action can make a global impact.
Shane collects bikes throughout the year. If you have one you would like to donate, you can contact him at ssellers@frederick.edu.
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Creek Cleanup
We are frequently inspired by the many ways our students make an impact in our community. One project we are especially proud of is our Waterway Cleanup Service Project.

As part of this annual project, FCC students team up with students from Hood College to clean up a portion of Rock Creek running through Willowdale Park in Frederick. In 2017, the group worked together to pull more than 1,000 pounds of debris from in and around the creek. The City of Frederick supported the project by providing trash bags and gloves and hauling the debris away for proper disposal. 

For the last four years, leaders with the FCC Honors Student Association (HSA) have co-sponsored this service project. In addition to helping our community, this service project also lets students know about the honors pathway from FCC to our four-year partner colleges, including Hood.

We thank Honors Coordinator Bruce Thompson for organizing this event with his Hood counterparts. We are fortunate that this partnership has beautified our area over the last few years.
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Gardens & Scarecrows
In September 2017, the FCC Center for Student Engagement led a service trip to Fox Haven Farm. Located in central Maryland, Fox Haven is an entirely organic farm and serves as a retreat, training ground, and area of learning for the community. The farm practices sustainable farming and aims to produce healthy food while regenerating healthy ecosystems.

A group of 11 FCC staff and students from the FCC Leadership Legacy program traveled to Fox Haven and helped the farm by getting soil ready for the fall, harvesting herbs and beans, and flipping compost. While they were there, FCC students also made scarecrows for the City of Frederick’s Halloween event.
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Middle School Mentoring
FCC continues to develop a valued partnership with Monocacy Middle School. FCC faculty members and staff volunteer their time as part of a mentoring partnership with sixth-grade students at Monocacy.

Mentors meet one-on-one with their mentees at the middle school every other week. They are available to help with homework, encourage the students, discuss career and future plans, and play games. The 2018-19 school year will mark the third year of this partnership.

The mentoring program concludes at the end of each school year with a reception for the students at FCC, followed by a campus tour. During the tour, students learn about programs and services at FCC by visiting the Learning Commons, the Digital Media Studio, the Visual & Performing Arts Center, the Athletics Center, and more. Some students have also had the opportunity to interact with computerized mannequins in the Nursing Simulation Lab and sit in on a student improvisational comedy class in the Studio Theater.

FCC is thankful for the generous participation of its employees who are willing to donate their time to this program and serve as role models to their mentees.
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Park Beautification
A group of administrators teamed with the Frederick City Parks and Recreation Department to beautify Willowdale Park along Rock Creek near Route 40 in Frederick. The group spent an afternoon picking up trash along the creek.

Our community is a vital part of who we are, and giving back to the community is just as vital. In an effort to help keep Frederick clean and beautiful, a group of FCC administrators from the Administrative Staff Association (ASA) teamed up with the Frederick City Parks and Recreation Department to beautify Willowdale Park along Rock Creek near Route 40.

The group of approximately 40 FCC staff members spent an afternoon picking up trash along the creek. The Parks & Rec Department provided trash bags and gloves for the clean-up and also hauled away the trash that was collected.

This community service event was part of an annual professional development day for ASA.
Get Involved
Many local nonprofits offer opportunities to give back.
Volunteer opportunities may be available through the following organizations:
See a full list of local nonprofits here.