This archived article was written by: Austin Ashcraft
On the morning of Friday, Aug. 27, CEUSA ambassadors, residential life staff, and the SUN Center came together to participate in five service projects around the community. The Avalon House in Helper was one such place.
Volunteers spent the morning loading and unloading merchandise from the thrift store, as well as other furniture from the Helper Road House to the Avalon House, their new location across the street.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” said John Fazzio of the Avalon House. “Those kids did in about an hour and a half what would have taken my crew about a week to do.”
Other volunteers were helping to clean up the Price North Walking Park, preparing the dorms for students to arrive, replacing the sand with bark chips in the playground at Head Start, and putting up flyers for the upcoming active re-entry “Run, Walk, and Roll for Independence,” which will take place on Sept. 25.
“I just can’t thank those students enough,” Brandi Ruden of Price Head Start commented. “They just dug in, got to work, and I couldn’t believe what they accomplished. I can’t wait for the kids to come play on their new playground.”
Volunteers were excited for the opportunity to serve. “I loved it,” proclaimed Ambassador Andrew Higham, “They were really happy and just freaking out because they needed to be out by the end of the month, and we helped them do that. I would do it again for sure.”
“It was amazing the willingness that each leader had,” observed SUN Center President David Potter, “No one was complaining. Everyone was just jumping in and getting to work. We have so many students that just want to help.”
“Leadership is philanthropy,” stated Dr. Alex Herzog, dean of students, “and we lead by example.”