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The University of Olivet plans Greek life service trip to Port Austin

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Student members of The University of Olivet’s Greek societies, along with President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., assist a Port Austin resident with snow removal in 2014.

More than 80 The University of Olivet students are preparing to travel to Port Austin, Mich., for the annual Greek life service trip sponsored by the Port Austin Historical Society. All of the students who are pledging any of the Greek houses on campus will participate in the trip, as well as some active members of each house. The University of Olivet President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., will be joining the students in service as well.

The group will leave Olivet’s campus the morning of Saturday, Jan. 31 and return that evening. Leading the trip are Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, and Carrie Jacob, community service coordinator.

During the excursion, students will participate in service projects in Port Austin, Bad Axe, Elkton, Port Hope and other surrounding areas. Projects range from helping individuals in their homes to helping clean historical centers and libraries. Participants will meet at the Huron County Senior center around 10 a.m. for a short welcome and then head out to their work sites. They will return to the Senior Center around 5:30 p.m. for dinner before departing for Olivet.

Community organizations in the Port Austin area are encouraged to submit project ideas for the students. If you have an idea for a project that a group of students could participate in, please contact Jacob at (269) 749-7127. Keep in mind that a project leader must be provided for each site.

Fales has been leading service trips to Port Austin since 2009. The first project students completed in the area was with the Port Austin History Center. A building was donated to the Port Austin Historical Society and volunteers, including ones from Olivet, completed renovations that have turned it into the beautiful building it is today, which opened its doors to the public in June 2013.

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