129 students served at various sites throughout the community on Spring Work Day April 20.
“Generally, the numbers are lower for Spring Work Days,” Karen Bollenbacher, Joe Mertz Center coordinator, said of the sign ups. “This is due to a few floors going to other sites at other times for their own projects.”
Students assembled for breakfast at 8 a.m. to start the 60s themed Spring Work Day. From there, they dispersed to 16 different volunteer sites.
One location was Brock’s Cakery, where Senior Sarah Stine helped paint a storefront with a small group of girls.
“I think it’s really fun helping with other students,” Stine said. “It’s great seeing the results in the community.”
Stine said she has attended every work day except for one.
“I felt guilty for sleeping in when I could be out helping,” she said.
Each student received a customary free T-shirt for volunteering. The T-shirts matched the ‘60s theme, but the chilly weather forced many to bundle up as they worked.
Students volunteered at 10 sites in the Huntington area — Brock’s, College Park Church, The Well, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Helping Paws Adoption Center, Helping Paws Pet Haven, 509 Community, Cafe of Hope and Life Church. The event was from 9 a.m. to noon.
Students who volunteered at The Well were painting indoors, spreading dirt outside, taking down fencing and removing shrubs outside the church’s new complex.
Bollenbacher said she believes work days are great experiences for students.
“It allows the students to go out into the community and give aid,” Bollenbacher said. “The community benefits because they get to know the students as well as more about what kind of students HU is teaching.”
Spring Work Day was the last event hosted by the JMC before the name is changed to the Friesen Center for Volunteer Service. The name changed was announced April 16 and will take place at a ceremony May 6 in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.