On Dec. 13, it was announced that the Manor College Dental Center will be receiving $25,000 for Blue Safety Net funding, supported by a grant from the Independence Blue Cross (IBX) Foundation. The Foundation’s Blue Safety Net Program aims to improve community health access by providing grants to private, non-profit health centers operating in medically underserved areas. Manor College first received the Safety Net grant in December of 2018, and hopes to build upon the progress made this year in reaching the local community. “We are thankful to the IBX Foundation for allowing the Dental Health Center at Manor College to receive their Blue Safety Net grant for a second year. This grant enables the Dental Health Center to continue to grow our outreach and meet the dental needs of the surrounding communities at affordable fees,” says Jaime Simpson, director of the EFDA Program and Dental Health Center at Manor. Manor College’s Dental Health Center aims to provide affordable, high-quality dental care to the public. Patients are seen by licensed dentists and faculty, well-trained professionals, as well as students working under the supervision of a dentist as part of the students’ EFDA Clinical rotations. The Center has been servicing the local community for over three decades, offering a wide range of affordable dental care options. New patients can receive a full consultation, clinical examination, and oral cancer screening for only $35, while the Student Hygiene Clinic offers hygiene services (cleaning, x-ray, exam and more) for a nominal fee of $20. The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private organization focused on strengthening access to healthcare in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In order for an organization – like the Manor College Dental Center – to be eligible for the grant, they need to have a mission that aligns with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, provide free or low-cost primary healthcare services to the underserved/uninsured, and must be a non-profit, privately-funded health center. To learn more about the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, visit www.ibxfoundation.org.
This year, Manor College recognized the global day of giving—Giving Tuesday—by focusing on food insecurity among college students and the larger community. The first goal of Giving Tuesday was to raise $5,000 to support the on-campus food pantry, Bird Feed. While the Bird Feed has been highly successful and utilized every week by students in need, upgrades and improvements could help expand its offerings. The pantry, for example, lacked a refrigerator, limiting donation types. By the end of Giving Tuesday, an incredible $6,390 had been raised to support the Food Drive, ensuring that the pantry can continue to meet the growing needs of the Manor community. “The overwhelming success of this year’s Giving Tuesday will allow us to renovate our current food pantry with new shelves, paint, and an inventory management system. With the generous donation of a refrigerator from President Peri, we will now be able to offer fresh produce and dairy products to our students and their families,” says Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz. “Our biggest project, creating a community garden, will also be funded by Giving Tuesday donations. The community’s generosity helps Major continue to provide for our students!” The second goal of Giving Tuesday was to help Rise Against Hunger package 10,000 meals in just a few short hours. Rise Against Hunger is an international relief organization dedicated to mitigating hunger by distributing food and aid to the world’s most vulnerable populations. This event required numerous Rise Against Hunger volunteers, students, staff, faculty, and even Dr. Peri to work closely together. The Manor Community was once again able to pull off an incredible feat. Students were instrumental in not only preparing the meals, but helping to set up the space and package up after the event was over. “Manor College and WSFS Bank successfully made 10,000 meals in two hours with Rise Against Hunger! This event was a great way to build community among those in attendance, as well as raise awareness about food insecurity around the world,” explains Ashley Hillegas, Direct of Student Engagement. “Manor College would like to thank WSFS Bank for sponsoring this event!” As a nod to the school’s heritage, and in place of bread baking, students also helped decorate Christmas cookies for the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great next door. Manor would like to thank everyone who participated, as well as the generous donors who made this day of giving possible.
Manor College is pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Milton Hershey School (MHS) on December 2, 2019, formalizing a partnership crafted to nurture MHS student success. “As a result of this partnership, MHS students have access to resources to help them succeed in their academic pursuits and guidance as they navigate the unknowns that come with decisions on a college campus, especially if they are the first in the family to go to college,” said Tanya Baynham, MHS Vice President of Graduation Programs for Success Division. “Manor College is a natural fit for our next partnership because of the variety of degree programs that align with our Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways, including concentrations focused on health science, business, and technology.” The administrations of Manor College and MHS established this partnership to create access and benefit first generation students at the collegiate level, improving persistence and graduation rate outcomes. In addition to academic support, the agreement encourages students to obtain work-study and on-campus employment as well as getting involved in multiple support programs on campus. “Our agreement with the Milton Hershey School informs our region that Manor is committed to shared core values,” said Dr. Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College. “Students in our institutions are largely first-generation in college and seeking pathways to the American dream. It is our design to get them there.” The formalized agreement will make it possible for Manor College’s student-services staff and the continued educational support specialists at MHS to identify early alert triggers of students who need support. “It is truly an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to attend college. As a first generation college student and admissions officer, it is my pleasure to support students throughout the college search process,” states Daniel Perez, interim Vice President of Admissions. “At Manor College, we will provide a personalized journey from the first moment our students set foot on campus, until the day they graduate.”