Aug 19, 2014
Aug. 19, 2014
More than 70 students, faculty and staff participated in community service project
SALT LAKE CITY -
More than 70 Westminster College students, faculty and staff participated in the school's annual Helping Hands Day service project on August 19 to benefit South Salt Lake. The group braved the pouring rain to help clear and beautify the corner of 1300 East and I-80, which is an important water storage area for the city.
"Every year we encourage our incoming students to participate in Helping Hands Day, which helps them get involved with the community and acquaints them with the local area," said Julie Tille, director of Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement. "For the second year in a row, we have selected a project that will help benefit South Salt Lake by cleaning a very important watershed area for the community."
The location on 1300 East and I-80 stores more than four million gallons of culinary water for South Salt Lake. The purpose of the project was to help clean the location so the city could have a clear view of the area from the road.
"We can't stress how helpful having a group of this size is to us. Our department is very small.so when we have a group like this it cuts down on the work-time wise-significantly," said Ed Rufener, deputy director of public works for South Salt Lake. "This is the first student group we've had, and we have been very impressed and excited with the work they've done."
Freshman Stephanie Gardner from Kaysville, Utah, participated in this year's service project as part of her learning community. "I wanted to focus on giving back to South Salt Lake, they're in need" she said. "Helping others is a great way to start off the year."
Westminster was named the 2014 South Salt Lake "Partner of the Year" due to its ongoing involvement with the community. Students, faculty and staff have played active roles as tutors, mentors and coaches in afterschool and other community programs.
Helping Hands Day is part of Westminster's first-year student orientation program for incoming freshmen. Over the past several days, students have participated in activities on and off campus to familiarize themselves with the college and its surroundings. The first day of class for the college begins August 20.