September 15, 2012 Central Penn College volunteers at Day of Caring 2012
Scrubbing floors, organizing books and painting bleachers. Sanitizing playground equipment, mowing and sweeping. Central Penn students, faculty and staff volunteered their time Sept. 7 as part of the United Way of the Capital Region's Day of Caring to do these things and more for the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg. Of the more than 1,500 people in the central Pa. region who volunteered for the Day of Caring, Central Penn contributed 73 students and 24 faculty and staff members-all making a difference for the young people of the Boys and Girls Club. This is a record number of volunteers for one of Central Penn's college-wide community service events!
Yvonne Echols Hollins, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, who came to campus to speak at Central Penn's Rally for a Cause event the day before, was favorably impressed with the college volunteers' work ethic and follow through. The group divided their efforts between the Hanover St. and Berryhill St. locations of the Boys and Girls Club. A Hershey Kissmobile team even made an appearance at Berryhill St. to thank the volunteers, hand out Hershey kisses and play music for the volunteers.
"It was a great group of students, faculty and staff," says volunteer and assistant to the vice president Meredith Sterner. "Everyone worked hard, but I know I laughed and had fun, too.
It was nice to get to know some of the students and staff a little bit better! I really enjoyed participating and can't wait to be a part of it again next year."