Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Sat, July 11, 2020

LSSC faculty, staff, students donate over 1,000 hours community service

 Lake-Sumter State College faculty and staff, alongside students, gave back to the local community on Friday, October 18 in the second annual Lakehawk Service Day.

In total, the LSSC community donated over 1,000 hours of community service on Friday to 22 projects across Lake and Sumter Counties.

“We hope this day will ignite fervor for service across our community,” Toni Upchurch, public speaking and journalism instructor and chair of LSSC’s community outreach committee said in a press release.

In Wildwood, volunteers assisted Wildwood Elementary School with hosting their Accelerated Reading (AR) Rewards Day with activities for students meeting their reading goals.

Volunteers on LSSC’s Sumter Center sewed patriotic quilts for veterans in Cornerstone Hospice’s SALUTES! program.

Several projects in Eustis and Mount Dora involved mulching, weeding, planting, and trail work at locations including Trout Nature Center, Triangle Elementary School, and the Nunan Butterfly Garden at the W.T. Bland Library.

In Clermont, volunteers assisted local animal rescues with cleaning and other maintenance tasks that are difficult to accomplish on a limited staff.

“We believe that community service is an excellent opportunity to not only make a difference in the community, but also provide personal and professional development to employees,” Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of LSSC, added in the release. “I would like to thank Toni and the community outreach committee for their leadership and hard work that made this day of service possible.”

LSSC volunteers assisted the following organizations:

  • Community Foundation of South Lake
  • Cornerstone Hospice
  • Dream Acres for Autism
  • Dream Catchers Horse Ranch and Rescue
  • Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
  • FAITH Neighborhood Center
  • Families in Transition
  • Habitat for Humanity, Eustis
  • Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties
  • Houndhaven, Inc.
  • LSSC Children’s Theater
  • Misfits Animal Hospital
  • New Beginnings
  • New Vision for Independence
  • Ruth House Women’s Recovery
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
  • Tavares Community Theater
  • Triangle Elementary
  • Trout Nature Center
  • United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties
  • W.T. Bland Library
  • Wildwood Elementary School 

About Lake-Sumter State College

Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnectTM partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to UCF. Learn more about LSSC at