Simpson University Students Prepare for 11th ‘Day of Service’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - For the 11th consecutive year, dozens of Simpson University students will partner with community organizations in the university’s annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Day of Service is a start-of-the-year tradition at Simpson, where fall classes for traditional undergraduate students begin the day after Labor Day.
On Saturday, an estimated 100 students will help with painting, cleaning, picking up litter, yardwork, and other tasks at various Shasta County locations, including the Good News Rescue Mission, Shasta Thrive (Manter House), Anderson trails and Volonte skate park, and Triple Creek Horse Ranch.
“This kickoff day is a great opportunity to get students into the community to experience Redding and work alongside organizations that serve local residents every single day,” said Hannah Dewater, Simpson’s coordinator of community services.
In 2012, the Day of Service launched a year-round “way of service” initiative, where smaller student “strike teams” help out with immediate community needs throughout the school year.
In the past three years, students have served more than 4,000 hours on more than 150 projects, including cleanup, construction, moving, maintenance, and helping at large community events, such as last weekend’s Shasta Mud Run to benefit the Youth Violence Prevention Council.
This month, Simpson University strike teams were honored with a Community Partnership Award from Compass ShiningCare. The teams were also named Volunteer of the Month at KIXE-TV in September 2014.
“Our motto is ‘Gateway to World Service,’ and this is one way that we are living that out,” said Dewater, who helped start the strike teams when she was a Simpson student. “Service is a lifestyle – it’s a natural outpouring of our love for Christ.”
Learn more about Simpson strike teams at simpsonu.edu/striketeams.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations