Students, faculty and staff participated in more than 70 local service projects during Service Day this spring. The college organized half- and full-day projects for more than 700 volunteers in Pella, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Greater Des Moines, Ottumwa, Newton and Otley. Volunteers helped remove debris from Lake Red Rock, build a gazebo at Urbandale’s Mosaic Center, create hats for newborns at Pella Regional Health Center and much more.
Many students and faculty members also participated in projects specific to various fields of study. Al Hibbard, professor of mathematics and computer science, led a digital service project to make Marion County genealogy research possible. Associate professor of biology Paulina Mena led bilingual volunteers in creating Spanish translations for Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency. Also, volunteers interested in sustainability helped prepare Faith and Grace Garden in West Des Moines, which provides 10,000 pounds of organic produce to local food pantries each year.