Central College will hold its annual Service Day on Tuesday, October 4. It incorporates service-learning and provides opportunities for the entire campus to connect, support and invest in their local, national and international communities.
On the day of service, students, staff, and faculty travel to area communities and serve with local organizations for half-day service projects. The day of service is hosted by Tori Fyfe, Central’s Deputy Director of Community Learning and a graduate of the Class of 2020. She has been securing volunteer projects with partners since the beginning of August.
“Each year, Central is privileged to partner with more than 40 local community organizations and nonprofits for our annual day of service,” says Fyfe. “Our partners are doing remarkable and impactful work. Central is honored to support them in their efforts.
The Service Day is an alternative education day where some teachers turn the classroom experience into a service project. Among the many projects this year are:
Blank Park Zoo, organization of the Night Eyes event, Des Moines.
Restoration of the City of Des Moines Rose Garden, Des Moines
Youth Community Concepts – Stowe Heights Challenge Course Cleanup, Des Moines
Iowa Homeless Youth Center, Giving Zone Organization, Des Moines.
Iowa Lutheran Services, Global Greens Farm Cleanup, Des Moines.
Howell Station Recreation Area, sucker pruning and landscape weeding, Lake Red Rock.
Center for Arts and Artists, exterior maintenance and cleaning, Newton.
Comfort House, Pella Hospice, Garden Sanitation, Pella.
The work of our hands, cleaning the basement, Pella.
Hickory Glenn Park, tree planting and tree fences, Pleasant Hills.
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, seed collection, Prairie City.
Central has held an annual Service Day since 2006. Over the past seven years, Central Service Day has provided volunteer service to an average of 55 projects and donated an average of 1,817 hours each year.
In 2022, the national value given to volunteer time is $29.95. On average, Central’s day of service generates $54,419 in value in one day for nonprofits and service organizations in the region.