Mission: Our Core Purpose: Transforming college students to transform the world.
The CCO is a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in all areas of life.
Results: a quarter of a million students touched
Target demographics: college students in the Mid-Atlantic region
Direct beneficiaries per year: 8300
Geographic areas served: Ohio, Pennysylvania, New York, West Virginia, New Jersey, Washington DC
Programs: "The university is a clear-cut fulcrum with which to move the world. Change the university and you change the world," Dr. Charles Malik, former UN President. In 20 years, a CMU student could be your governor, an Allegheny College student could be your doctor, and a Pitt student could be your child’s teacher. Today's college students are tomorrow's leaders. Our mission is transforming college students to transform the world. College students face many choices and easy access to negative distractions. Most teenagers are unlikely to attend church on entering college. And despite searching for meaning and purpose in life, they have few opportunities to do so. Through leadership development and service, 226 CCO staff give students on 83 campuses a vision to impact the world. They provide opportunities for students to serve locally and globally. They work with churches, colleges and organizations to develop men and women who will be leaders of faith in all areas of society.
I am a retired business owner in a small town where I grew up. My wife is a retired professor. While in college, the CCO dramatically changed the trajectory of almost every area of my life and my future wife's too. After returning home, we became active in a church located one block from our local university (Waynesburg). This gave us a front row seat for over 40 years as I've watched almost seventy CCO campus ministers impact the lives of hundreds of students just like us. Incredibly, one of them is currently our university president, and two are on the board of trustees. How could we not be huge fans and donors?
The CCO breeds a culture of compassion, inquiry, and professional excellence in everything they do...and all they do seeks to transform the lives of college students at hundreds of schools by introducing them to the authentic, radical character and love of Christ. This is not about "Sunday Christianity" or conservative dogma, this is about changing lives, career decisions, families and generations so that this world can be what it was created to be. A world of mercy and justice.