Simpson University Students Prepare for 10th ‘Day of Service’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - For the 10th consecutive year, dozens of Simpson University students will partner with community organizations in the university’s annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 20.
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 80 students will help with painting, cleaning, picking up litter, yardwork, and other tasks at the following Shasta County locations: Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Good News Rescue Mission, Manter House, Anderson walking trails, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Lighthouse Church, and the Salvation Army.
"The motto of Simpson University is ‘Gateway to World Service,’ and we seek to live that out first in our own backyard, serving the city which has housed us for 25 years,” said Travis Osborne, director of spiritual formation. “The Day of Service is one of my favorite events because I get to enjoy the fellowship of our students while serving the people in our city."
Two years ago, 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.
Last year students served more than 1,000 hours on nearly 50 projects, including cleanup, construction, moving, maintenance, and helping at large community events, such as the CASA Superhero Run.
“We want to have eyes and ears for our neighbors and not just pass by needs, but do something about them,” said senior Hannah Dewater, strike teams assistant. “We believe that simple acts of service can make a lasting difference in people’s lives.”
Learn more about the strike teams at facebook.com/striketeamsforjesus.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is celebrating its 25th year in Redding, Calif. In fall 2014, the university will dedicate a new Science & Nursing Building. Simpson is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults. Simpson is expanding its 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