Taking A Passion for Service Into the Streets
1 Saturday morning.
220 Westminster students.
75 pairs of work gloves.
1 passion for service.
For the 9th year in a row, the Westminster College student body united and took their passion for community service to the streets of Fulton. In the annual service celebration known as Into the Streets, two hundred and twenty Westminster students completed 22 service projects at various organizations and agencies throughout the community. From raking and landscaping, to painting and power drilling, these students spent 440 hours making their local community a better place.
At the national hourly average pay of volunteer work, 440 hours of service equates to saving these local organizations $9,174!
These volunteer hours are part of Westminster’s year-long campus campaign to complete 10,000 of community service. During the 2009-2010 year, the Westminster community exceeded that goal and logged over 11,000 hours of service!
“Into the Streets is a chance for the whole campus to come together and serve the Fulton community. As a result of the day’s service, our students often form relationships with our local agencies and volunteer with them again.”
Jill Olson, Program Director for Community Engagement & Service-Learning
“It is always great to see a huge number of students turn out for these projects, and I enjoy seeing the enthusiastic crowd move toward their services sites ready to make a difference.”
Pradipti Rajbhandari '12
“I believe that for a person to truly become a global leader, he/she needs to understand the importance of serving others. After all, the best way to learn about the world surrounding us is through serving others and living their reality.”
Paola Protti '12
Westminster College was pleased to partner with these organizations to make the 2010 Into the Streets service day a tremendous success:
Auto Zone Care Wash Fundraiser
Center for Women's Ministries
Central Missouri Community Action
Faith Maternity Care
First Baptist Church
Fulton Soup Kitchen
Fulton United Christian Church
Habitat for Humanity
McIntire Elementary School
Presbyterian Manor Home
Romancing the Past B & B
SERVE Retired Senior Program
Yours, Mine and Ours Thrift Store
“The RSVP program through SERVE, Inc. loves to work with Westminster and combine our senior citizen volunteers with the enthusiasm of the students. They rock! This year, the Westminster students organized new and used toys of the Toys for Kids Christmas program. They worked like ants and did a fantastic job.”
Mary Gordon, SERVE, Inc.
“We look forward to the Into the Streets Project every year. As a small non-profit service organization, there is always a long list of to-do items that would never get done if it weren’t for the help of the fantastic student volunteers. We’re already looking forward to next year!”
Carolyn Garner, CARDV
"Into the Streets has become a fall ritual...a day that students and the community really look forward to. Not only are students doing great things in the community, it symbolizes and demonstrates our commitment to leadership through service. Churchill's wonderful quote, 'We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give' comes alive on this day."
Bob Hansen, Executive Director for the Center for Leadership & Service