Scraping paint, spring cleaning local churches, babysitting, assisting the elderly with yard work and serving lunch at the Bridge are only a few activities that will take place on April 17. The NWC Service Day, only in its second year of existence, is one of many ways to serve and volunteer at NW; however, this day is unique because it reminds students that service can be found right in their own communities.
Brittany Caffey, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer coordinator at NW, said the Service Day is a great way to express gratitude to the community around us.
“By doing this, we are able to strengthen and deepen our community relationships,” Caffey said. “Numerous essential organizations, churches and residents will benefit from the Day of Service through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers.”
Marlon Haverdink, director of service learning, agrees that this event is all about “tangible acts of service.” Haverdink also anticipates the connections and relationships that will happen between students and the community.
“As Christ followers, service is something that simply is in our DNA,” Haverdink said. “To follow Christ means we must strive to live as Christ lived and continually put the needs of others before our own.”
With service as a vital part of our identity in Christ, it makes sense that the number of students has doubled since last year’s debut event. Haverdink is excited that this year, the athletic department is getting involved, too. The men’s football, wrestling, and basketball teams will be some of the 133 participants this year.
“We are glad to lighten the load, if only a little bit, of community members to thank them for their continuous support of Northwestern College,” Caffey said. While one day cannot accomplish all the tasks available, one step at a time, these students will have opportunity to make a difference and show their thanks.