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Students Give Back to the Community Through Spring Service Day

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On March 29, The University of Olivet students participated in its annual Spring Service Day. Each semester, the campus comes together to do volunteer work around campus and in the community, putting the divine art and science of doing good into practice. Service Day has quickly become a favorite tradition at the College since it started around 30 years ago. This year 17 different Service Day projects took place simultaneously on campus and around the community.

Community Service Coordinator Jacob Richards ’18 said, “The University of Olivet was built upon the idea of community service. It was created to serve communities that have been historically oppressed. Olivet was not and still is not just an educational institution. Olivet is a place of concerned visionaries who desire to make change in our community and communities around the world. Service Day is one way we live out this aspiration.”

Clubs, organizations and student groups hosted Service Day projects. Many projects focus on beautifying campus through environmental work, such as sprucing up the Mawby Michigan Native Plant Garden outside of the KC, cleaning headstones and the grounds at the Olivet Cemetery and cleaning the bell, plaque and landscaping in the Square.

A favorite recurring Service Day project is making tie blankets for children. The blankets are donated to Project Linus. Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children in the United States who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

This year there were also a couple of fundraising projects. The Criminal Justice Honors Society hosted a Relay for Life event. Art Alliance created a limited-edition folio of prints of their pets to sell and donated the proceeds to the Eaton County Humane Society.

“I think Service Day is important because it brings the campus together to do something good,” said senior Karly Rideout. Karly was a part of the Comet Career Closet clean-up project and helped organize the clothing donations.

“There are a handful of people on campus who make great efforts to ensure Service Day is a success. I am grateful for each and every leader on campus who steps up each semester to make a Service Day Project,” said Jacob.

Volunteer work at Olivet doesn’t start and end with Service Day. Throughout the academic year, there are multiple service trips where students make a difference outside the Olivet community. Recently, a group of Comets went to Mississippi to repair the home of a woman who wouldn’t have been able to afford the repairs without the volunteers.

Service Day directly relates to Olivet’s core belief of “Be More. Do Good.” It is one more way The University of Olivet instills in students the mindset of doing good for others.

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at 800-456-7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu

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