Hundreds volunteer for Third Annual Day of Service

Posted on: November 15, 2013

This year's Tennessee Wesleyan College Day of Service saw 235 students and 37 faculty and staff members volunteer 1,360 hours of service at 24 projects sites.

This year’s Tennessee Wesleyan College Day of Service saw 235 students and 37 faculty and staff members volunteer 1,360 hours of service at 24 projects sites. Making an economic impact of approximately $30,110, TWC students, faculty, and staff served the local Athens and Etowah communities under a “Be the Good” theme, painting, cleaning, planting, and organizing at local businesses and organizations. The supplies needed to complete the various projects were made possible through an Athens Federal Foundation grant.
 
“I never cease to be amazed by the servant spirit exhibited by TWC students, faculty, and staff every year during the Day of Service,” said Mandie Thacker Beeler, director of TWC’s Center for Servant Leadership. “I am so inspired by our campus's ability to come together to complete such an incredible amount of volunteer work in one day.”
 
One of this year’s larger Day of Service locations was the L & N Depot & Railroad Museum in Etowah.
 
“TWC's Day of Service truly made a difference for the City of Etowah and the L & N Depot & Railroad Museum,” said Dr. Nancy Gregg, TWC assistant professor of education.
 
“Twenty-seven students divided into crews that cleaned and waxed floors inside the Depot, raked leaves and trimmed trees around the grounds, and worked in the free-standing railway caboose to clear old upholstery and debris so that refurbishment can begin. These TWC student volunteers made a tremendous economic contribution to an historic landmark that holds significant pride for the community and the surrounding area.”
 
From cleaning animal housing at the McMinn County Regional Humane Society to fellowshipping with assisted living residents at Morning Pointe, TWC’s Third Annual Day of Service continued the college’s tradition of featuring servant leadership as a cornerstone of its educational experience.
 
“I have had the opportunity to work the Day of Service three times and each time I have been blessed by the willingness of the students to serve our community,” said Jessica Edwards, TWC director of undergraduate admissions. “I think it speaks highly of our students that they are willing to put forth the time and effort to help others. I am proud to say that I work at an institution that focuses on serving others.”
 
Each year volunteers for TWC’s Day of Service provide services that benefits community members, local ecosystems, and even local animals up for adoption. The college hopes that the impact that is made through its Day of Service gives back to the local businesses and organizations that do so much for TWC and the local communities.
 
“I am so happy every year to hear from our community partners about how much TWC helped them complete projects that their agency otherwise would have never been able to complete,” said Beth Makowski, coordinator of TWC’s Center for Servant Leadership. “I’m always so grateful not only to our students for volunteering their time, but also to all of our community partners for allowing us to serve them on this day each year.”
 
For more information about the TWC Day of Service and servant leadership, visit http://www.twcnet.edu/academics/service/alternative-break-trips/ or contact TWC Director of the Center for Servant Leadership Mandie Thacker Beeler by phone at 423-746-5244 or by email at mthacker@twcnet.edu.