Students from Three Universities Work Together in Service Day
for immediate release April 15, 1998Several hundred students from Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities will work side by side during the first-ever Intercollegiate Service Day Saturday, April 25.
The event was initiated and organized by seven students who met through the Thursday night intercollegiate worship service "Grace" at University Baptist Church. The group includes ACU students Angela Hawk of Abilene, Matt Wallace of Abilene, and Jason Graves of Spring; HSU students Julie Abrahams of Houston and Jennifer Wegenhoft of Altus, Okla.; and McMurry students Susan Bailey of Richardson and Chuck Grear of San Antonio.
With the theme "Douloi Christo," which is the Greek phrase for "servants of Christ," the daylong event has the goals of helping Abilene area individuals and agencies and showing the community how much the students appreciate Abilene.
Although the Service Day is not officially sponsored by any of the three schools, each has given its blessing. The seven-person leadership team and the three university presidents will all meet together April 22 to discuss the landmark event.
Similar in style to Make a Difference Day or the United Way's Day of Caring, volunteers will work in at least 25 locations across the community in different capacities including helping with Abilene Spring Clean, painting houses for the elderly in conjunction with the Carver Neighborhood Project, mowing lawns, assisting the March of Dimes Walk America, hosting a party for residents of the Abilene State School, going door-to-door asking for donations to the Food Bank of Abilene, and helping with the maintenance of various projects in Abilene.
Students interested in volunteering may sign up in each of the university campus centers until Wednesday, April 22. Then, organizers will assign students from each school to the various projects. After working from about 9 a.m.-4 p.m., participants will gather from 4:30-6 p.m.at the Rose Park amphitheater for a student-led time of praise and reflection on the special experiences of the day. The community is invited to the service.
Anyone willing to donate paint, tools or lunches for the event may contact the Intercollegiate Service Day message line at 674-6822.
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