COLLEGE STUDENTS COMMUNITY SERVICE EXTENDS BEYOND DAY OF SERVICE
The mission of the new Office of Civic Engagement and Scholarship (OCES) at College of William & Mary results in William & Mary students and alumni serving local community and learning about the community they serve.
According to Erin Zagursky’s article Students make a difference, learn about the community posted on October 20, 2009 to the College of William & Mary’s website…
Approximately 200 William & Mary students and alumni ignored the gray weather and spent Saturday, October 17, 2009, serving the local community as part of the annual “Make a Difference Day.”
This year, approximately 15 student groups and organizations signed up to participate in Make a Difference Day. Additionally, two alumni groups volunteered to help out.
“With over 200 students, two groups of alumni, and 13 different community partners, Make a Difference Day was a huge success,” Anoll said. “Helping it line up with the mission of the new Office of Civic Engagement and Scholarship, Make a Difference day for the first time combined students’ day of service with issue education and reflection on topics ranging from poverty to biodiversity.”
Shannon Michel ‘12 and Stephanie McGuire ‘12 served as co-leaders for the group that volunteered with the Community Action Agency. Though the group had originally planned on doing yard work, the weather forced them inside where they ended up cleaning and organizing offices and compiling a student directory. The group also learned a lot of about the agency’s programs and how they could help out in the future.
“It was very successful and I feel like we accomplished a lot and really helped out the agency staff,” said Michel.
And, remember…Feed Your Good Dog, so your good dog always wins!
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