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One hundred-plus join in 13th annual Quake

May 1, 2006

More than 100 Wilmington College students, faculty and staff — including President Dan DiBiasio — engaged in volunteer work requiring rakes, shovels, trowels, paint brushes, brooms and even hip waders Saturday (April 29) for the 13th annual Quake Day of Community Service.

The volunteers worked at 16 locations in Clinton County in activities ranging from trail mulching at Denver Williams Memorial Park and tidying a storage shed at Quaker Knoll to cleaning the Reflection Pond at Clinton Memorial Hospital and helping serve lunch at the Friendly Center.

"We had a great turnout of enthusiastic workers," said Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service Learning. She noted the 2005-06 academic year has been a banner year for volunteerism at WC, a highlight of which was the spring break trip to Mississippi in which students helped victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"The Quake has become a great tradition to end the school year," she added. "We had a lot of freshman out here today for their first community service experience and I was especially impressed with the large number of upperclassmen -- service has become an important part of their lives."

Following their work Saturday, the Quake participants attended a picnic lunch at Denver Park at which Ken Lydy, director of student activities, spoke on the Quake's 2006 theme, "You Can't Strike Out with Service."

Other work sites planting flowers at both Sugartree Ministries and Wilmington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, cleaning a storage room at the United Way, washing vans at both the Wilmington Senior Center and Continental Manor in Blanchester and organizing the library at Harvest of Gold. Also, painting at the Adult Day Center, cleaning the Clinton County Homeless Shelter, cleaning a storage shed at Camp Joy, and making crafts and decorating the bulletin board at Cape May.

Also part of the Quake, 11 members of the men's soccer team spent two days last week working at the Habitat for Humanity house on Doan St.