This past Saturday Millersville students participated in the 25th annual Day of Caring. Millersville has participated in this event for the past 15 years and produces the most volunteers out of all the other organizations that participate. The event is sponsored by the United Way and has organizations like Millersville University send out volunteers to many different locations to complete tasks such as: gardening, washing cars and cleaning up trash off the streets. At around eight in the morning, students gathered in the Marauder Courts to get introduced to the day’s plans and listened to a few speakers. The speakers included Melissa Wardwell, the director of Experiential Learning and Career Management at Millersville and Sue Suter, the President and executive director of United Way. These speakers went over the basics for that day, facts about the universities involvement, and highlighted some of the groups from Millersville that would be participating.
Some groups from the university that participated were the Honors College, the Women’s Basketball team, the Black Student Union, University 103 classes and Geography 202. All of these groups combined made up approximately 500 students and staff, and represented the majority of volunteers that came out for that day. Once the students were briefed they all boarded their buses and went to the assigned stations. Dr. Schreiber’s Geography 202 class and her seminar class were one of many groups that were involved with the Day of Caring. Her two classes’ tasks were to clean up some permeable parking lots to help the rain and storm water move through, as well as pick trash up off the streets on the south side of Lancaster. In total, Dr. Schreiber’s group picked up more than 15 bags of recyclables, and regular trash off of the parking lots and streets. Two volunteers from the group LaRae Berry; a sophomore, and Ashley Perdomo; a freshman, said that their experience was very rewarding esspecially when some of the local residents thanked them for their hard work cleaning up their city.
This positive response from the community also came from many other volunteers at other stations throughout the city no matter what they were doing. The MU Honors College was another group to help out that day. They were split up and did tasks such as picking up trash from a cemetery, going to a warehouse and cleaning up around it, and helping to clean other local spots. After the groups were all done at their stations, they then boarded the bus and went back to Millersville, feeling like good citizens about what they had just done for others and left inspired to continue helping others. MU, which accrues about 250,000 hours in community service each year, will continue to help strive for a better tomorrow by participating in events like the Day of Caring for years to come.