Joan DiPiero

A Note from Joan

Caring for the Community

Joan DiPiero

Joan DiPiero

by Joan DiPiero
Community Engagement Coordinator

If you visit the COD Mission, Vision and Value webpage, you will find the phrase “in service of the community at large.” Serving the community is intrinsic to the mission of the college. During April, we celebrated Community College Month and Earth Week by epitomizing that mission of service.  

On Wednesday, April 20, COD Cares volunteers partnered with community groups during its annual Roll Up Your Sleeves initiative in order to help keep water clear, the ground litter-free, and the earth healthy. Working with the Conservation Foundation, students and staff marked storm drains and cleaned trash from a section of the east branch of the DuPage River, an area adopted by the COD Environmental Club.

Other teams spent the morning spreading mulch at St. James Farm, cleared winter refuse from the COD campus prairie and learned the importance of composting while preparing COD Fuel Garden planting beds for crops to serve food insecure students.

As responsible stewards of a valuable resource, COD is proud to give back to the community that supports us. We encourage you to join us as we partner with SCARCE for a social media challenge—pick up five pieces of litter ANYWHERE, take a photo of yourself flashing your five fingers and the five pieces of litter you picked up, and post it on social media. Don't forget to tag #PickUp5 and #CODCares. With five easy pieces, you will have joined the thousands of community members who have taken part in the SCARCE Pick-Up-5 initiative.

Get involved

Reach out to COD’s Community Engagement at