Volunteer Call: BW prepares for Day of Service | Schools
The Baldwin Wallace University community needs all hands on deck to pull off the service projects planned for April 6.
Volunteer projects for the day, which happens to be National Alumni Day of Service, include outreach to 10 local community organizations and the complete framing of a house in a BW parking lot.
BW's Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is working with the CrossRoads Mission Church to organize the construction project, which will be staged in the lot next to the Bonds Building at 275 Eastland Road.
Volunteers will begin supervised construction (no experience necessary) at 9 a.m. and complete the outer skeleton of a new home by 4 p.m. or earlier. The finished frame will be trucked to a home site in Holmes County.
Professor Andrew Dohanos, faculty advisor to BW's Habitat for Humanity chapter, said the organization promotes the sense of community BW is known for. "It's also great that you get to see the tangible results of your work together; you start with a pile a lumber and end up with the framework of a house going to a deserving family," Dohanos said.
"Even if they can't help, I hope people will feel free just to stop by the site and observe and offer encouragement," said Heather Schier '14, who got involved with Habitat for Humanity on an Alternative Spring Trip to North Carolina her freshman year and has maintained her passion for the cause.
Schier said students, faculty, alumni and staff are all invited to help, but there is a limit of 150 construction volunteers.
However, there also is a need for people to make and serve lunches. Anyone with construction experience is encouraged to volunteer as a leader.
Leaders will pre-cut the lumber and set up the scene on Friday evening. All volunteers are asked to sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Campus_Volunteer.
Meanwhile, April 6 also marks the annual Spring Service Day sponsored by BW's Office of Community Outreach.
Together, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., BW volunteers will serve 10 different area organizations: Aristocrat Berea, Brooklyn Centre Naturalists, Cleveland Metroparks, City of Berea, People's Community Church, St. Augustine's Health Campus, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church of Berea, Villa Camillus, and Wigs for Kids.
OCO is partnering with Greek Life to make the event a Greek Pillar Day. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate (Greek & non-Greek).
Registration for OCO's Spring Service Day is also available online at www.bw.edu/stulife/oco/ssd/.
"The number of volunteer hours our community commits to service each year is truly impressive," said Julie Bishop, Assistant Director of Community Outreach. "At our 2012 Spring Service Day-alone our community contributed nearly 300 hours.
In the past, service day tasks have included anything from painting, cleaning, or landscaping, to playing BINGO with nursing home residents or doing crafts with a children's group.