TROY - Troy University students will fan out in and around Troy Sept. 11-13 to take part in various community service projects during the University's Fall Days of Service.
Sponsored by the University's Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the event helps various local agencies in need of volunteer assistance while providing TROY students with the opportunity to become involve and active in community service. The event is held in conjunction with the Sept. 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, which got its start from grassroots efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was officially designated by Congress in 2009.
For Troy University, the goal of the event is to strengthen the community by meeting local needs, said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of service learning and civic engagement.
"This is our fourth year offering service activities around the Sept. 11th National Day of Service and each year our students turn out in mass to assist our local community and connect to community needs," Cellon said. "TROY students bring energy, creativity and enthusiasm with them as they work with our valuable community agencies that are on the front lines of serving individuals and improving our community each day."
The Days of Service will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 11, with students painting at the Boys & Girls Club from noon until 5 p.m. and doing beautification work at Murphree Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, projects will include cleaning and activities with children at the Head Start Program, food pantry work at the Salvation Army, landscaping and cleaning at Sav-A-Life and additional work at the Boys & Girls Club. On Saturday, students will take part in projects from 8 a.m. to noon, including projects at the Christian Love Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Pioneer Museum and Noble Manor Senior Center.
TROY's Service Learning and Civic Engagement program links course content with purposeful volunteer experience that enriches the academic learning by allowing students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom in a tangible way to help meet needs within the community. This fall, the University launched a new minor in public service and civic engagement, designed to help students become effective leaders in the communities, non-profit organizations or government institutions. The minor builds on and extends initiatives of that the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement has inside and outside the classroom, including efforts tied to environmental sustainability, hunger and poverty, childhood development and health, literacy, civic discourse and voter engagement.