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Students Engage in 21st Annual Quake Day of Community Service

Event Represents 'Last Hurrah of Service' for the Academic Year

April 28, 2014

Sorting clothing at the Clinton County Homeless Shelter, in addition to doing yard work there, are Wilmington College students, from the left, freshman Brishon Justice, sophomore Marcus Benson and freshman Hana Vrtar.

Sorting clothing at the Clinton County Homeless Shelter, in addition to doing yard work there, are Wilmington College students, from the left, freshman Brishon Justice, sophomore Marcus Benson and freshman Hana Vrtar.

Nearly five-dozen Wilmington College students spent much of this past sunny Saturday (April 27) helping others as they participated in the 21st annual day of community service known as The Quake.

The cohort cleaned, trimmed, swept, raked, pruned, sorted, picked-up and polished at a dozen locations in Wilmington and throughout Clinton County.

These included Sugartree Ministries, the Homeless Shelter, Denver Williams Park, Grow Food, Grow Hope and various other Wilmington College entities, downtown Wilmington, Cape May, Orion Nike Center, Wilmington Friends Adult Day Care Center and Continental Manor Nursing Home in Blanchester.

Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, said the students enjoyed a day of camaraderie while helping others.

Doing yard work for Cape May residents Ernie and Ginny Kline are, pictured from the left, junior Mathew Wright, his freind Adam McCurdy and freshman Stryker Stock.

“What I love about The Quake is it’s our last hurrah of service before the end of the school year,” she said. “It’s a time to reflect upon the past year of service.”

That is exactly what those involved with The Quake did after working for several hours. They gathered at the Grow Food, Grow Hope Pavilion and shared some of the day’s highlights, what motivated them to serve and the impact of service on their lives over the past year.

While this year’s totals have yet to be finalized, WC students regularly volunteer more than 20,000 hours of service each year. The College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since the White House designation was launched in 2006 by the Bush Administration.

“All of our students’ acts of kindness made a difference — to someone,” she added.

That evening the students enjoyed Don Chafin’s Smoky Pig pulled pork barbecue dinner at the pavilion while listening to live music and playing games on the lawn.