Third Annual KSU Day of Service supports wide range of community endeavors
Almost 350 volunteers fan out over more than a dozen sites in metro Atlanta KENNESAW, Ga. (April 18…
Georgia (Apr 18, 2016) —
Almost 350 volunteers fan out over more than a dozen sites in metro Atlanta
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 18, 2016) —The third Annual KSU Day of Service mobilized almost 350 Kennesaw State volunteers at over a dozen community sites in metro Atlanta, ranging from food pantries to pet adoption facilities, from public schools to a senior center.
Volunteers participated in a variety of projects designed to meet the specific needs of community organizations throughout Cobb County and metro Atlanta. Tasks included stocking food on shelves, painting inside schools, landscaping, cleaning kennels, and packing books for children in Africa.
Among the most popular sites, Good Mews Animal Foundation and Our Pal’s Place benefited from the large number of cat and dog lovers who volunteered their time to help clean facilities and sort donations.
The signup sheet for a perennial favorite, MUST Ministries/Save It Forward Program, also filled up fast. Dozens of students, faculty and staff attired in gray KSU Day of Service T-shirts stocked shelves and packed food for distribution to members of the community.
“This is an important activity for students because I believe everyone should give back to their community,” said Begad Shaheen, an international student from Egypt who volunteered at MUST Ministries. “I hope one day no child will go to school hungry, and I know my being here today will help even if it is one child.”
Ken White served this year on the logistics subcommittee, which coordinates travel to and from the various sites. White, who is associate professor of political science and criminal justice, was instrumental in getting the project started in 2014.
“It is important for KSU to serve the community and the day of service event is an important part of the university's mission to serve the community,” said White. “Life is a classroom, and there is much to learn about one's self and one's role as a leader when giving one's time to others. Students and members of the community give up a Saturday morning to participate in the event, but it's so fun and fulfilling that we have people who have done it every year since we started. They're community service professionals at this point.”
Organizers Kimberly Henghold, assistant director of Volunteer KSU, and Brian Wooten, executive director of the Office of Community Engagement, say the event has become an annual tradition at Kennesaw State, providing opportunities for the university to say “thanks” to the community for the many important ways it has supported KSU throughout the institution's history.
This year's KSU Day of Service was sponsored by Cobb EMC.
— Robert S. Godlewski
Photos by David Caselli
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.