Austin College Great Day of Service

Great Day of ServiceAustin College Serves the Community in Great Day of Service

On Saturday, November 7, the Austin College community will come together to take part in volunteer activities once again for the 19th annual Great Day of Service. The theme for this year’s event is “Think Globally, Serve Locally.” Students will work at some 45 locations benefiting non-profits across the North Texas region. Each year, approximately 400 students take part in the volunteer effort that begins with a gathering to send the workers on their way. At that gathering, students bring canned goods that will be donated to Helping Hands Food Pantry.

Students are called to help with projects of all kinds. At Divine Equine Riding Center, students will do yard work and maintenance and help run a festival. At Grand Central Station, students will help organize food in the warehouse. That is just the beginning of the work. Students will work at Sherman Community Garden, interact with children at the Boys and Girl Club in Denison, help prepare for a book signing at Pottsboro Public Library, paint benches at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge, and play games with the elderly at area nursing homes. Similar projects are planned at 40 other sites.

“Service is part of our campus culture, and we are privileged to be able to share our time and energy with these many excellent organizations,” said President Marjorie Hass. “It is my hope that the work of our students will be beneficial far beyond this weekend.”

The College’s Service Station organizes the Great Day of Service event, which complements the “Great Days of Service” sponsored by area churches during the summer. Savannah Low, chair of the Service Station Board said, “Great Day of Service is an excellent opportunity for the college community to get together, as a whole, and serve our community. The Service Station prides itself in its ability to connect students with the community so that College can give back.”