Wittenberg Celebrates Service During Annual Event
Celebrate Service student organizers with Molly Ritchie, VISTA Volunteer in the Office of Community Service (center, back row)
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Wittenberg students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to participate in a day of service through the university's annual Celebrate Service, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Celebrate Service 2007, titled "Doing Good in the Neighborhood," offers various options for the Wittenberg community to serve in the surrounding Springfield community.
Organized by staff members in the university's Office of Community Service, the event marks the university's sixth Celebrate Service event.
"[Celebrate Service] was created to promote a more positive image of community service," Collier said. "We want to celebrate and promote involvement within the community."
From cleaning and painting at the Bridge House or Interfaith Hospitality Network, building a house at a Habitat for Humanity site or planting trees for the South Fountain Preservation Inc., there is something for everyone.
"We want to enlighten students about the importance of helping out their neighbors," Collier said.
Although Wittenberg students are required to complete 30 hours of community service in order to graduate, Collier said the event provides a unique service experience.
"It's different from the community service requirement," she said. "Students can see the completion of a project from start to finish in a matter of hours."
"This year, [Celebrate Service] will help students to realize that Springfield is their neighborhood, too," said Kristian Kovacs, class of 2009 from Columbus, Ohio, regarding this year's theme.
Celebrate Service 2007 is sponsored by the Office of Community Service, Build a Better Wittenberg and Youth As Resources. Students and faculty can register on the Community Service Web site – a free T-shirt will be given to each participant to wear at the work sites.
A celebration with refreshments and entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. on Alumni Way as workers return from their service sites.
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
Photo By: Robbie Gantt
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