More than 300 students volunteered at dozens of sites throughout the community on Saturday, the third annual Guilford College Day of Service.
The majority of service projects focused on food insecurity in Guilford County, where 89,000 people—including more than 26,000 children—do not have enough to eat.
“You have a chance today to get some insight, to open your eyes and look around,” President Jane K. Fernandes told students, staff and faculty at the kickoff event in Alumni Gym. “You can transform our city, and if we can do that at Guilford, we can do it anywhere. We can change lives, and your life can be changed.”
At Glen Haven Apartments, a complex that’s home to immigrants and refugees from more than six countries, students delivered compost, shared fresh vegetables from the Guilford College Farm and painted rocks with children to be used as markers in backyard gardens.
In the Kirkwood neighborhood, sport studies students and faculty helped with a 5K that raised money for Backpack Beginnings, a volunteer organization that provides food, comfort and clothing to children in need.
And at Fairview Elementary, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and the Interactive Resource Center, volunteers worked on community gardens. Later in the day at the Church Under the Bridge, students gave meals to those struggling with hunger and homelessness.
More Than a Day
Service and reducing hunger are much more than a one-day event at Guilford. The College’s Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning coordinates numerous ongoing student-led initiatives related to food justice and other issues.
Guilford’s approach to service is collaborative, said Elliott Jarrett ’18, a Bonner Scholar. “It’s about being in community with other people, and learning, helping them solve problems,” he said. “We have a lot to learn about each other.”