Simpson University Prepares for 13th ‘Day of Service’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University students, staff, faculty, and alumni will partner with community organizations in the university’s 13th annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The Day of Service is a start-of-the-year tradition at Simpson, where classes for traditional undergraduate students begin the day after Labor Day.
An estimated 100 students, staff, faculty and alumni will help with painting, gardening, litter removal, horse grooming, and other tasks at sites throughout Shasta County, including Compass ShiningCare, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Anderson Parks and Recreation, Shasta Senior Nutrition, Manter House, Triple Creek Horse Ranch, and Light House Church.
“I love that Simpson has a tradition of going out as a large group toward the beginning of the semester to serve our neighbors in the name of Jesus,” said Hannah Dewater, coordinator of community services. “It is a great way to unite our campus, and lift our eyes from our own lives and see into the lives of those around us.”
In 2015, university President Robin Dummer began a faculty and staff day of community service that is now combined with the traditional student Day of Service.
“In embracing the university’s motto of ‘Gateway to World Service,’ it is important to realize that we also belong to Redding and the surrounding community,” he said.
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.
“The Day of Service is a great opportunity to get Simpson into the community to experience Redding and work with organizations that serve local residents every single day,” Dewater said. “Through Strike Teams, it is a privilege to continue partnering with them year-round as needs arise.”
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.
Learn more about Simpson strike teams at simpsonu.edu/striketeams.
Photo: Day of Service 2016 volunteers
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