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195 students serve in annual Fall Work Day

The Friesen Center hosted the annual Fall Work Day Oct. 18. Over 190 students served throughout the community.

Students help lay mulch during the Friesen Center's Fall Work Day. (Photo by Matt Whitney)
Students help lay mulch during the Friesen Center’s Fall Work Day. (Photo by Matt Whitney)

The Friesen Center hosted the annual Fall Work Day Oct. 18. 195 students served throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Friesen Center staff had to work without Grace Kaufman, who left last year after six years as the director of volunteer service and outreach.

The Friesen Center staff had to work without Grace Kaufman, who left last year after six years as the director of volunteer service and outreach.

“It’s the first work day without Grace,” co-director junior Shana Christian, said. “It was a little rough because we don’t have the six years of experience. We just have my one year. … But it still wasn’t that bad.”

Christian said 250 students originally signed up for the work day, but students failing to show is “typical” of the day.

“That happens every year,” she said. “You just have to work with what you have when you have it and go from there.”

Students served at various locations on and off campus such as the Tipton Place nursing home, the Millers Merry Manor, The Well church and Habitat for Humanity.

Junior Rachel TerMarsch served with Livingston 2nd and Roush 1st by picking up trash as part of the Adopt a Highway program.

“It’s just a chance to give back to the community and do something good for people other than myself,” she said.

Junior Kaylin Yon, program coordinator, said the day went smoothly despite problems with a few locations.

“We had to make a few changes last minute,” she said. “Everyone got a place to go to so everything worked out in the end.”

The Friesen Center recently challenged the university to serve 25,000 hours this year. Including Fall Work Day, they have around 5,585 logged hours.

“You wouldn’t believe, although it is sometimes hard to find work to do, how much the people in this community appreciate what we do for them,” Christian said. “To get a group of students, even if they may not be chipper at 9 o’clock in the morning, to come and do work for them, literally free labor … it shows that we care about them and what they do for our community.”

 

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