Simpson University ‘Strike Teams’ Receive Senate Recognition

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s student “Strike Teams” received a California State Senate certificate of appreciation during a chapel service Friday, Nov. 20.

(Click here to watch a video of the presentation.)

Dave Meurer, a district representative for Sen. Ted Gaines, presented the recognition to Simpson University President Robin Dummer and Hannah Dewater, who oversees Strike Teams as Simpson’s coordinator of community services.

“On behalf of Sen. Gaines, we want to appreciate and recognize the Strike Teams and the good work that you’ve performed,” Meurer said. He asked all students in the audience who had served on Strike Teams to stand.

Simpson University Strike Teams began in 2012 in response to student desire to help meet community needs year-round. Since then, hundreds of students have served more than 4,000 hours on more than 150 projects, including cleanup, maintenance, construction, moving and helping at nonprofit community events.

Simpson University Chapel ServiceIn October, a Strike Team traveled to Clearlake, Calif., to help sift through ashes of a home destroyed by the Valley Fire in Lake County. This fall, teams have helped at events for local nonprofits such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, KIXE-TV, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, in addition to numerous “strikes” to aid individuals and families.

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Video by Matt Murnan / Photos by Jessica Law

Top Photo: Dave Meurer, district representative for state Sen. Ted Gaines, speaks in chapel Nov. 20, presenting a certificate of appreciation for the work of Strike Teams in the North State. From left, President Robin Dummer, Meurer, campus pastor Kevin Bennie, and Hannah Dewater, who coordinates Strike Teams.

Lower Photo: Students who have participated on Strike Team outings stand for recognition during chapel on Nov. 20

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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


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