GFU Serve Day continues to grow
Service Students, staff and faculty help out more than 100 organizations during the university's annual event
George Fox Universitys annual Serve Day the schools 15-year tradition of shutting down for a day so that students, staff and faculty can give their time and energy to community service has broadened its reach the past few years.
Thats in part due to the schools increasing enrollment, but also because the community has grown accustomed to and embraced the event, with more and more organizations asking to be involved.
On Sept. 3, the university split into groups to lend a hand at 101 organizations in Newberg, Yamhill County and the greater Portland area, but even that wasnt enough to meet the demand, according to coordinator Trisha Elizarde.
There were some places we didnt get to serve at just due to the number of volunteers that were requested, Elizarde said. Unfortunately we didnt get to serve with them on Serve Day, but we hope to connect with them during the year.
Because it puts the schools Christian mission into action, Serve Day is a quintessentially George Fox event.
We want to serve others, want to love others and have the opportunity to give back as much as we can, especially to the Newberg area but also the Portland area as a whole, Associated Student Community president Jake Vanier said. Its definitely something where we can set a day aside and say this is something thats important to us and were going to do it. You can see the university rally around that in a big way.
Vanier was part of a large group that descended upon downtown Newberg to pick up litter, weed, landscape, pass out flyers and lay fresh bark dust for the Newberg Downtown Coalition.
Its going to make a huge difference on the facelift of the city, Downtown Coalition member Doug Hood said. People driving by seeing freshly barked lots at every turn instead of old dirt.
Sophomore Christina Van Slyke was part of a group that helped clean at Rose Haven, a women and childrens shelter in Portland.
I really enjoy it because were split up into our own little groups by housing, so its kind of like a bonding day, Van Slyke said. Just to help out so many people, I really enjoy it. Ive been doing serve days throughout my entire life, so its nice to continue it through college. And I get to meet different people.Add a comment