:: Students volunteer for Elon Service Day

A group of Elon students volunteered at Cummings High School (above and right) during last year’s Service Day. Student volunteers will return to Cummings for this year’s events.
Elon students will volunteer at various local organizations Saturday during the annual Elon Service Day.

Student volunteers will be sent to a number of Burlington agencies, including the Boys and Girls Club, Elon Homes, Blakey Hall, Center at Timberlake, Friendship Adult Day Services, Habitat Restore, Hospice of Alamance Casual, Mosaic Rural Wellness Center and Sedalia Elementary School.

More than 100 volunteers will engage in a number of service activities, including painting two murals, yard work, spring cleaning and working in a media lab.

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning will provide breakfast, lunch and a service day T-shirt to all of the student volunteers.

Service Day is “typically Elon’s biggest one-day service event,” according to J.J. Scott, Elon’s VISTA North Carolina campus contact.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in Harden Clubhouse and will head out to the various agencies at 10 a.m., where they will work until 2 p.m.

Last year, bad weather prevented many students from coming out to Service Day, but the event still drew 70 volunteers.

“It’s a good opporutnity for the nonprofits,” Scott said. “It’s helpful for an organization to have 15 to 20 student volunteers available to take care of a big project all in one day.”

For the first time, this year’s Elon Service Day falls on the same date as the National and Global Youth Service Day, one of the largest service days in the world.

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning received a $200 grant from the organizers of the National and Global Youth Service Day to help their own efforts.

National and Global Youth Service Day is a program organized by Youth Service America and Global Youth Action Network. More than 120 countries around the world participate in the Service Day every year during a weekend in April. The event draws out millions of young volunteers.

Other upcoming service events include the blood drive April 23 and the U.S. Women’s Open Tournament this summer from June 25 to July 1. Students can contact the Kernodle Center for Service Learning for more details.

News Editor: Alyse Knorr - Photos: Submitted 04/19/07