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Super Service Saturdays Prove to be a Success

January 13, 2010

This fall, the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service kicked off a new service program entitled “Super Service Saturdays.”

One Saturday of each month, faculty, staff and students took on a service project off-campus at a local community partner agency and fulfilled agency needs through volunteer work. After each project, the students shared a communal meal and participated in a reflection activity that allowed them to explore why their work was important and how it impacted the community.

“We had a total of 31 student volunteers last semester with over half of the students volunteering at two or more Super Service Saturday events,” said Heather Eichner, Ohio Campus Compact and AmeriCorps Vista at Mount Union. “I can’t thank everyone enough who volunteered and made the program a success!”

Last semester four Super Service Saturday events took place during the months of September, October, November and December. Eichner explained that students volunteered at the Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary, the Norma Johnson Center and helped at the annual community-wide free Thanksgiving Meal, which was sponsored by Sigma Theta Epsilon and the Salvation Army. In December, students also helped decorate Christmas cookies with the residents of McCrea Manor in Alliance.

 

Spring 2010 Super Service Saturdays*

Saturday, January 23

1-5 p.m., Rodman Public Library

 

Saturday, February 6

8 a.m. – noon, Salvation Army (in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and College Activities)

 

Saturday, March 27

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Alliance for Children and Families Homeless Shelter

 

April

TBD (in conjunction with the International Kiwanis One Day Service Project)

 

*The Super Service Saturday schedule may be subject to change.

  

Spring semester Super Service Saturdays will be held during the months of January through April. The service program is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni. Those who choose to participate in two or more service projects will receive a t-shirt. Community partners have limited space at their agencies so those who are interested should contact Eichner as soon as possible at (330) 829-8228 or eichnehe@mountunion.edu. Transportation will be provided as well as either lunch or dinner.

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