Lewis-Clark Service Corps 9/11 Day of Remembrance makes a difference
LCSC student volunteers pitched in on Saturday, September 14 for the Lewis-Clark Service Corps' 9/11 Day of Remembrance, a community service project that benefited the local community.
65 students, three of whom are veterans and 10 who have family members serving as fire or police personnel, completed 260 total hours of service in Lewiston and Clarkston, with activities at Modie Park/Osborne Gardens, the Lewiston Roundup rodeo grounds, the Lewiston Habitat for Humanity Store, and the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
Jeremiah Robbins, LCSC baseball coach, provided more than 40 team members working at multiple sites. Erin Tompkins, Activities and Community Outreach Coordinator for the LCSC International Programs Office, accompanied 10 international students for the day, and 15 other LCSC students also volunteered for the projects.
At the Roundup rodeo grounds, volunteers cleaned up after the previous week's rodeo, making short work of a big project. Team members sent to Modie Park/Osborne Gardens attacked overgrown hillsides with power tools, rakes, shovels, and pitchforks, removing five dump truck loads of brush, tall grass, and wild blackberry vines, cleaning up years of overgrowth in a little over four hours. At the St. Vincent de Paul food bank in Clarkston, volunteers assisted with unloading truckloads of donated food, as well as building food baskets for those in need and other projects.
Erin Tompkins worked and walked alongside international students in the Normal Hill neighborhood, placing door hangers to make residents aware of the services provided by Habitat for Humanity in the Valley, completing an ongoing project initiated by Dave Richards, manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store.
"New friendships were formed and the alliances between students and community partners were strengthened during the Day of Remembrance," said LCSC Service Learning Coordinator Jim Matuska. "We hope to make this an even bigger success in the future."
9/11 Day of Remembrance service projects took place in all 50 states this year.