SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Wittenberg University students will be out in force this weekend, working with young people from around the Springfield community painting, cleaning and landscaping as part of the fourth annual Celebrate Service event, sponsored by the Office of Community Service, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Titled “Got Service?”, this year’s event has been restructured slightly to better exemplify the benefit of service to both the individual and the community. According to Caitlin Coleman of Libertyville, Ill., class of 2005, one of the student coordinators of Celebrate Service, this year’s event differs from the first three years in that the approximately 100 Wittenberg students, faculty and staff members who volunteer will not work alone at any of the six Springfield-area sites.
Young people affiliated with each site have been encouraged to attend the event, which will include a team-building activity with Wittenberg volunteers followed by a discussion about the importance of service to the community. The afternoon at each site will conclude as the Wittenberg volunteers and the youth volunteers complete a service project together.
Projects include painting at Ark North and Ark South; painting and cleaning at Lincoln Park Recreation Center, farm beautification at On-The-Rise Brown Egg Farm, landscape work at Oesterlen Services for Youth and cleaning at the YMCA.
“We are really looking forward to this year’s Celebrate Service event,” Coleman said. “We hope that it will allow us to carry out Wittenberg’s motto, ‘Having light we pass it on to others,’ and pass along our respect and dedication for service to the youth of Springfield.”
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