Students take to the community in day of service

Day of Service 2014
Day of Service 2014

On Saturday, Jan. 31, more than 300 UO students will don their work clothes and come together in a community day of service.

The collaborative project brings together student groups from Fraternity and Sorority Life and O Heroes through the CommUniversity program in the office of the dean of students. Its goal is to improve campus-area neighborhoods.

What sets this year’s project apart is the leadership of the members of UO’s Fraternity and Sorority Life program. 

“We were thrilled at the opportunity to leverage our commitment to service and partner with our fellow student organizations,” said Kelsey Fuson, vice president of community programing for the PanHellenic Council. “The number of students we’ve had sign up to participate has been amazing and further confirmation of the excitement FSL members have for giving back.”

Students will report to McArthur Court at 9 a.m. Saturday to collect their assignment and be welcomed by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and interim UO President Scott Coltrane. By 10 a.m. they will disperse to one of seven locations throughout the city, where they will be joined by community volunteers led by Nearby Nature and the Eugene Parks and Open Space Division.  The student-led projects will focus on litter removal in campus neighborhoods and parks.

“Helping students establish positive relationships with our off-campus community is always a highlight for me,” said Karen Hyatt, of UO’s Government and Community Relations, whose charge is to help facilitate such projects. “The energy and leadership of our students is impressive and it is always gratifying to share it with the community in a constructive and collaborative way.”

—By Jen McCulley, Public Affairs Communications