Service is a way of life for members of the Collegiate FFA chapter at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Located in Tifton in southern Georgia, chapter members have participated in service opportunities for FFA members, college students and community residents.
ABAC Collegiate FFA members help prepare for A Campout for the Homeless last November. Participants spent a night camped in cardboard boxes to bring attention to the plight of homeless people nationwide. Proceeds from the event went to a local charity.
The biggest event of the year has been the ABAC Winter Pig Classic, which brought nearly 100 youth exhibitors to campus. The event provided the youth an opportunity to participate in the contest, and the chapter was able to recruit prospective students to their college as well as the collegiate chapter. This semester the chapter will play a major role in the annual ABAC Rodeo.
Members celebrated National FFA Week by visiting local schools to educate students about agriculture, and they also leveraged their visits for recruitment opportunities. Along with advocating agriculture, they are also promoting farm safety by hosting a tractor operation and safety competition. The event promotes good farm practices and also serves as a chapter fundraiser.
The chapter has also been a great help to the southern region of the Georgia FFA Association, which is also located in Tifton. Collegiate members have volunteered to assist with both regional and state career development events.
ABAC Collegiate FFA puts together a tractor operations and safety competition. The event serves as a fundraiser for the chapter while emphasizing best practices for local operators.
To help their local community, the chapter has been working with the local YMCA on many activities. They have held several work days at the YMCA, and they helped coordinate and execute their annual fall festival.
ABAC is home to more than 3,000 students. It offers small class sizes and many opportunities for hands-on learning. To learn more about the college, visit www.abac.edu.