Simpson University Serves Community in 12th ‘Day of Service’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - More than 110 Simpson University students, staff, faculty, and alumni partnered to help community organizations during the university’s 12th annual Day of Service on Sept. 24.
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.
Participants met at the cross on campus at 9 a.m. for prayer and instructions, then carpooled to multiple locations in Shasta County: Triple Creek Horse Ranch, Good News Rescue Mission, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Compass ShiningCare, Heritage Roasting Company, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shingletown Library, Western Service Workers Association, and the Sacramento River Trail. In addition, volunteers helped two women move furniture to new locations.
“I am pleased that so many in the Simpson University community took this opportunity to live out our longtime motto, ‘Gateway to World Service,’ for the benefit of the greater Shasta County community,” President Robin Dummer said. “We take our commitment to being ‘of’ Redding seriously, and we view this day of service as one way of expressing it.”
Dr. Dummer served with seven students and a professor at the Good News Rescue Mission, weeding vegetable beds, picking up litter, and doing other yardwork around the House of Grace. “I appreciated the spirit and collaboration,” he said.
Last year, Dr. Dummer began a faculty and staff day of community service that was combined this year with the traditional student Day of Service.
In 2012, the Day of Service launched a year-round “way of service” initiative, where smaller Strike Teams—comprising Simpson students, staff and faculty—help out with immediate community needs throughout the school year.
Since Strike Teams began four years ago, team members have served more than 6,000 hours on more than 225 projects, including cleanup, construction, moving, maintenance, and helping at large community events, including CASA’s Superhero Run, the Shasta Mud Run, and KIXE-TV’s Holiday Auction. Strike Teams have partnered with the Shasta County Probation Department, Homeless Rock Stars, and the American Red Cross on special community service projects.
Strike Teams were recognized in 2015 with a California State Senate certificate of appreciation and Community Partner Award from Compass ShiningCare, in 2014 as a KIXE-TV Volunteer of the Month, and received a certificate of appreciation from the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2015.
Learn more about Simpson strike teams at simpsonu.edu/striketeams.
Photos by Andre Carillo
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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 simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations