We hope that MC student Nick Mariano (left) took turns sharing his leaf blower with fellow Saturday of Service participants Aaron Kitterman (center) and Brad Whitcomb.
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Last weekend, 40 students representing eight campus organizations did volunteer work within the Monmouth community as part of Monmouth College’s Saturday of Service program.
Held once a semester, the program provides opportunities for students to volunteer with a community partner or with senior citizens. For this fall’s event, students spent three hours volunteering at a variety of locations, including Maple City Recycling Center, Rainbow Riders, the Warren County Public Library and First Street Armoury. Students also assisted senior citizens with yard work, such as raking leaves, cleaning windows and setting up Christmas decorations.
The day began with lunch, a showing of the MC-TV documentary “Hidden Homeless: Homeless in Rural America” and a discussion on the importance for college students to educate themselves about the community in which they are living, now and in the future, and to give back as often as possible.
“College students oftentimes live in a bubble and are not aware of the poverty and struggles of the citizens in their local community,” said Billy Bernard, MC’s assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement. “Programs like Saturday of Service help to educate students and provide them with opportunities to volunteer with our community partners, who are doing their best to help those in need. It is important for students to be given these opportunities during college, whether it is through academic coursework or co-curricular involvement, so that when they graduate from Monmouth they have a desire and an understanding of why it’s important to give back to their communities.”
Community organizations interested in potential service partnerships with Monmouth College are encouraged to call the office of student involvement at 309-457-2268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org