More than 500 Austin College student volunteers will take to the streets Saturday, November 6, heading into several Grayson County communities for the College’s annual Great Day of Service. This is the 13th year for the event, hosted by the College’s Service Station which provides service to 40-50 area organizations each fall. An 8:30 a.m. rally in the Wright Campus Center will send the students out to their worksites.
Sample volunteer sites include: Habitat for Humanity, Grand Central Station, Rosa Viola Hill Smith Community Center, Red River Historical Museum, CASA, Waterloo Race for Diabetes. Boys and Girls Club of Denison, The Willows, Hannah’s Horseshoes for Hope, and Whiterock Church Cemetery.
Austin College initiated the program to complement the “Great Days of Service” sponsored by area churches each summer. Since few students are at Austin College during the summer, a fall event allows students to contribute to the area volunteer effort. The Great Day of Service is coordinated by Austin College’s student-led Service Station.
The Service Station Board works each year to connect campus volunteers with individual and organizational needs in the community. The workday is coordinated by the student members of the Service Station Board, co-chaired by Casey Coplin and Rindcy Davis.
The Service Station coordinates volunteer programs throughout the academic year, but the Great Day of Service is a concentrated, campus-wide effort. “The Great Day of Service encourages participation, places an emphasis on the spirit of giving, and reflects Austin College’s commitment to community service,” said Austin College President Marjorie Hass. “The opportunity to assist an individual or an organization to achieve its service goals is gratifying to our students because it helps them gain a better understanding of the needs of other people. Service is a part of our campus culture and we are proud to join with the local communities on this special day.”
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.