April 17, 2012
Westerville, OH—More than 350 Otterbein University students, faculty, staff and alumni will serve 25 Columbus-area community agencies during the Center for Community Engagement’s Spring Community Service Plunge from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
The plunge serves as the official start of Otterbein’s Founders Week. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St., Westerville. From there, students will travel to service sites throughout the area.
This year, volunteers will be an integral part of community gardens, outdoor landscaping projects as well as numerous improvement projects. At Homeport, volunteers will be weeding, plowing and seeding the NoBo Community Garden. At Avalon Elementary, volunteers will partner with Hands On Central Ohio to restore the playground.
Agencies participating in the plunge include: Annehurst Elementary, Avalon Elementary, Cherrington Elementary, Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Columbus Public Libraries (multiple branches), COSI, Delaware County Habitat for Humanity, Good Samaritan Community Garden, Harbor Light Hospice, Habitat for Humanity – Columbus, Hands On Central Ohio, Homeport, McKendree United Methodist Church, My Very Own Blanket, National Church Residence, Nationwide Reach Out and Read, Open Shelter Inc., Otterbein University/Westerville Community Garden, Westerville Area Resources Ministries, WestSide Free Store, Worthington Libraries and the YWCA Family Center.
For more information and programming updates, visit the Center for Community Engagement Web site at www.otterbein.edu/cce. The Spring Community Plunge is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, VISTA, and NCCC. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.