Ashland University to Celebrate Community Service Week
Oct. 14, 2011/ASHLAND, OH – The Center for Community Service at Ashland University has scheduled a number of events for students as well as faculty and staff members as part of its “Help Wanted” Community Service Week Oct. 29-Nov. 5.
The week of special events begins on Make-A-Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 29. Students will be assisting with a variety of projects throughout the community, including a Habitat for Humanity Local Build in Mansfield. In addition, students will help with a Breakfast Center that will serve breakfast at a local church. From 10-11:30a.m., students will meet in Eagles’ Landing to create care packages from donated items.
On Sunday, Oct. 30, the Hunger Team of Ashland University’s Community Care will help sponsor the CROP walk. The walk starts at 2:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 2 p.m. The route starts and ends at Christ United Methodist Church, 1140 Claremont Ave. in Ashland. Walkers may walk either one or six miles. All are invited to walk. Co-sponsored by Ashland University’s Community Care and local churches, the event is put together through Church World Service. Walkers are encouraged to find sponsors to raise money for world hunger. Twenty-five percent of the money raised stays in Ashland and the rest is distributed worldwide.
On Monday, Oct. 31, students on the Youth and Literacy Team will spend an hour tutoring Ashland community students at an after school program at Trinity Lutheran Church.
The special week continues on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with an Adopt-a-Grandparent Nursing Home visit to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday also will feature a St. Jude’s Up ‘til Dawn Letter Writing Party in Redwood Hall from 4 to 11 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., the Green Team and Tri Beta Biology Honorary will participate in a Stream Clean Up at the stream located behind fraternity circle. Then at 6:30 p.m. the PAW (Peers for Animal Welfare) Olympics will be held in the Rec Center.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, students will participate in the PAW Dog Walking between 12 noon and 3 p.m. and also between 4 and 6 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., the Youth and Literacy Tutoring groups will meet in the mailroom where they will again go to Trinity Lutheran Church to aid Ashland City students in homework help. At 7 p.m., the Adopt-a-Grandparent Pumpkin Painting will be held in the Resource Room in the Student Center and at 9 p.m., the Youth and Literacy Project Linus students will be making fleece blankets for children in Redwood Hall. All blankets will be donated to Project Linus, an organization that gives blankets to children who have been traumatized in various ways.
On Thursday, Nov. 3, students will participate in PAW Dog Walking between 12 and 3 p.m. and also between 4 and 6 p.m. and the Adopt-a-Grandparent Team will return to the Good Shepherd Home at 6:45 p.m. to distribute painted pumpkins created the previous night. At 9 p.m., Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Green Team will co-sponsor a Pop Tab Bracelet Making. These pop tab bracelets will be donated to children at the Ronald McDonald House to cover their medical bracelets. This event will take place in the Student Center conference rooms.
On Friday, Nov. 4, students will participate in a Sleep Out for the Homeless event in which students will travel to Mansfield where they were sleep outside of Wal-Mart to raise awareness about homelessness and donations for the Harmony House. Also on Friday, Delta Zeta Sorority will sponsor its “Trick-or-Treat Help Someone Eat” event, where a number of drop-off cans for non-perishable foods will be located on the first floor of residence halls.
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Hunger Team will travel to a local church to serve breakfast.
Students who attend five or more events during service week and get their card (which will be available in the student life office the week before Service Week) hole punched at the events will receive a free t-shirt. The Ashland University Bookstore also will be offering special sales during the community service week for students who bring in specific donations which will support the different Community Care Teams. For further information about any of the events, contact Ashley Christman in the Center for Community Service at 419-289-5729.
Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.