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November 8, 2013

Kelsi Ford / The Courier - Jake McLean, Kara Durward and Aaron Kitterman donate their time for Saturday of Service last weekend.

Saturday of Service lets students help community

Students kicked off this last weekend with the annual Saturday of Service, setting their Saturday aside to help the community. Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement, this service event takes place once a semester and provides students with community service opportunities.

This fall, the Office of Student Involvement saw a rise in host locations. “Last year, we had two or three community partners and then multiple senior citizens,” Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Involvement Billy Bernard said.  “This year we had seven community partners participating as well as senior citizens.” This opportunity gave students the chance to know a larger portion of the community and even build networks for future service opportunities.

A total of 33 Monmouth College students participated in the event and together totaled 99 hours of community service. Student volunteers agree it was an enriching experience. Junior Kelly Swann has helped in the past two Saturdays of Service.

“I chose to participate in Saturday of Service, because I love to help the people in the Monmouth community,” Swann said. “I enjoyed working at the Buchanan Center because the woman we helped was so grateful for our work. I also loved hearing about her time at Monmouth College since she is an alumnus. She had great stories and I would love to help her out again.”

That enthusiasm of continuing to serve the community is a hope of the event since it provides students with a hands-on opportunity to recognize the needs of the community.

“The program is a one-day volunteer opportunity, but it shouldn’t diminish how helpful our students were to the organizations and citizens in Monmouth,” said Bernard.

Bernard wasn’t the only person applauding the students’ efforts. The volunteers received great praise from the people in the community. Karen Angotti, the founder of the Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center, said “The three hours of work the students completed would have taken my team and me eight hours or longer to complete.”

Jake McLean
Contributing Writer

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