Big Brothers Big Sisters is always on the lookout for organizations that share our passion for helping young people develop into caring, responsible adults. The CCO’s focus on supporting and transforming college students through on-campus support networks provides such a natural extension of the powerful mentor relationships we create every day. CCO campus leaders set positive examples that help many of our first-generation college applicants find a sense of belonging in new and often overwhelming territory. This faithful, volunteer-driven community encourages our College Success Mentoring participants to continue developing personal and social skills that bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood.
Together, CCO and Big Brothers Big Sisters offer a unique blend of faith exploration and mentor support that promises to help many young people navigate the lifelong journey to success and happiness. Our partnership with CCO just seems so natural!
Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
We partner with the CCO because they have a proven track record of building and sustaining effective campus ministry in our town and on the other campuses they serve. The CCO does a great job of training, supervising, and supporting their campus ministers, which helps them to be effective and productive in their work ministering to students. The CCO also takes a long-term view of the campus and community and works to bring the right people and resources together to build campus ministry for the long run.
We benefit greatly from our partnership with the CCO. They do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to candidate screening, on-going staff supervision, and keeping communication lines open. Experienced staff throughout the organization work hard to ensure the success of each partnership. We feel much more confident about ministering to college students knowing that we have CCO staff and resources available to us.
President of University Community Ministry (UnComMin)
The McIlvaine Fund partners with the CCO out of the deep conviction of our board members that the best campus ministry happens through the work of the CCO. Our staff do a great job at developing leaders on campus who have a heart for serving Jesus in every area of life. We’re an alumni-run board, and every year, more parents of current students make financial commitments as they see the impact the CCO’s ministry has. We’re grateful for the folks who made CCO ministry possible for us when we were students, and we’re thankful to be able to support it for future generations.
CEO of the Center for Public Justice and Board Chair for the McIlvaine Fund
We partner with CCO because of the fine organizational structure, training, and selection of candidates that CCO has. We, like CCO, are committed to reaching the lost for Christ, providing discipleship opportunities to believers, and training leaders in preparation for leadership opportunities in local churches and related ministries. Through this partnership, the UCCMC gains a level of confidence that we are supported by a high quality organization that understands campus ministry. We are thankful that CCO recognizes the need for campus ministry and the level of preparation, support, and training they give to their campus ministers. Finally, the CCO provides a mechanism by which they can clearly understand the needs of each college campus and tailor their expertise to where it fits best.
Dr. Daniel E. Engstrom
Associate Dean and Director of Student Teaching, California University of Pennsylvania and President of the United Christian Campus Ministry Council
We partner with the CCO because the result is a clear, consistent, day-to-day presence of the love of God in the lives of students. The CCO is the best organization to deliver that presence, through its well-qualified, intentionally-trained, and consistently-supported staff. We are proud to be part of the effort.
Principal of McDowell Senior High School and President of the Edinboro Ministry Council
The benefit of having CCO staff members working with students at Penn State Altoona is that they put legs to the vision of God. They become active in the Word. Working with CCO staff members allows our heart to labor in the city and connect the city to God’s focus. The CCO brings in a team to help us serve God. Without the staff members, we would not have a loving presence in the community or in the school. The staff provide that reinforcing outlet on the campus of Penn State Altoona. I would tell anyone interested in partnering with the CCO to jump at the chance to add to your ministry a new awakening or new outlet for your service to God. The best thing about CCO is that you don’t have to worry about training— it comes in the package. The CCO makes sure that you have the best possible choice of candidates for your school or organization.
Altoona Collegiate Outreach
The CCO has been instrumental in every aspect of our ministry work on the Penn State Fayette Campus. They train and give support to the Campus Minister, assist in developing fund raising strategies, and generally serve as cheer leader when we become a little discouraged. The CCO is a tremendous partner and we could not succeed without them.
Fayette Campus Ministry Council
The most significant benefit that Cornerstone Community Ministries gains from our relationship with CCO is that we are able to afford to have a quality individual. CCO provides the benefits to our director, John Myers, that we could not provide by ourselves.
Additional benefits are that he works on the E-town College campus and develops relationships with students there that overflow into relationships with Cornerstone. Also, CCO provides training and seminars that benefit John and thereby benefit Cornerstone.
John is an energetic individual with a passion for youth. Both Cornerstone and the college campus benefits from John’s presence. For the past year-plus, Cornerstone has been going through a capital campaign and building project. John has been very heavily involved in this process. His leadership in the Cornerstone organization is invaluable. I think it is safe to say that without John, or someone like him, Cornerstone would not exist. His passion for the youth of Elizabethtown goes beyond being a job. He truly wants to reach them with a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Cornerstone Community Ministries