Aug 18, 2015
Aug. 18, 2015
More than 100 students, faculty and staff participated in annual community service project
SALT LAKE CITY -
More than 100 first-year students participated in Westminster's annual Helping Hands Day service project on August 18. This year, students helped beautify a neighborhood in South Salt Lake near 2274 South 600 West.
"Community service is such an important part of the Westminster experience, so every year we encourage our incoming students to participate in Helping Hands Day, which helps students get acquainted and involved in their local area," said Julie Tille, director of Westminster's Katherine W. Dumke Center for Civic Engagement.
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.
During this year's event, students were divided into groups and donned vests and gloves for protection. They helped remove weeds, shrubs and dead brush, as well as painted fire hydrants near the Animal Services building in an industrial area of town.
First-year student Patrick Sanchez volunteered for the service project because he enjoys helping the community. "I just do it out of habit," said Sanchez, a Connecticut native. "Back at home, my church does a lot of community service, so I'm very involved."
Vermont native Destin Barber also wanted to help her new community. "Everything is really new to me," she said. "I wanted to get involved in the community, and if I have more time, I eventually want to do a lot of service projects."
In 2014, Westminster was named the 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.
In 2014-15, Westminster students contributed more than 95,000 hours of community service.