Day of Service a Success
Small efforts reaped big rewards Oct. 18, when 83 volunteers kicked off Dickinson’s 2011 United Way campaign with a flurry of good deeds. Working in small teams, they scrubbed floors and appliances, painted walls, cleared trails, organized supply rooms, weeded gardens, stocked a food bank, spruced up living areas and even helped construct a Halloween haunted house—all in the hours before lunch.
They had volunteered to take part in the Dickinson Day of Service, an event organized by Human Resource Services and the Office of Religious Life & Community Service that benefitted 10 local United Way agencies. Held during Fall Pause, the kickoff event was the first Dickinson Day of Service for the entire campus community. [Story continues below.]
The volunteers gathered at The Depot at 8:30 a.m. and shuttled to their assigned locations. For a half-day, they worked at a nursing home, food bank, homeless shelter, education center, domestic-violence shelter and an employment center. They also also beautified public parks and trails.
C. Taylor Putnam ’11 works in the Office of Religious Life & Community Service and helped coordinate the event. She said that the Dickinson Day of Service not only built momentum for the annual campaign, but also significantly aided many neighbors in need.
“This work affects hundreds of people in the Carlisle community,” Putnam stressed. “Even small acts can make a difference in the lives of others.”
By MaryAlice Bitts Jackson
Photos by Carl Socolow ’77