Simpson University Serves Community in 13th ‘Day of Service’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - About 80 Simpson University students, staff, and faculty partnered to help community organizations during the university’s 13th annual Day of Service on Sept. 23.
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 on campus at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome and instructions, then carpooled to multiple locations in Shasta County: Triple Creek Horse Ranch, Compass ShiningCare, Light House Church, Shasta Thrive/Manter House, and Volonte Skate Park. In addition, volunteers helped two women with yardwork and moving.
“I am gratified 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.”
President Dummer served with students and staff at the Manter House in Anderson, where the volunteers did painted rooms, passed out fliers, weeded the community garden, and restored a planting area. “I appreciated the spirit and collaboration,” he said.
In 2015, President Dummer began a faculty and staff day of community service that was combined last 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 five years ago, team members have served more than 14,000 hours on more than 315 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 was named 2017 Civic Organization of the Year by Redding’s Good News Rescue Mission. Strike Teams has also received a Community Partner Award from Compass ShiningCare, a California State Senate certificate of appreciation, and formal recognition from KIXE-TV, the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
“It is always a privilege to partner with our local community and show the love of Christ through meaningful service,” said Hannah Dewater, coordinator of community services and a 2014 Simpson graduate who helped start Strike Teams. “We are thankful for a strong kickoff to this year of community service and look forward to what’s ahead.”
Learn more about Simpson strike teams at simpsonu.edu/striketeams.
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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