by Beth Roraback, D.C.
Hundreds of students from Spartanburg’s six colleges and universities came together to make Spartanburg a better place on Saturday, April 10, as they participated in “CSI: CollegeTown Service Initiative,” providing services to about a dozen service agencies around the community. It is the seventh service initiative undertaken by students through CollegeTown. This year, students participated in groups of varying sizes to provide much-needed services to a variety of Spartanburg service agencies and neighborhoods. Read more here.
All the volunteers met at 9 am, and registered, and signed a injury waiver at the Hangar in downtown Spartanburg. There were about twenty sign up posters for various projects, everything from weeding and clean up of walking trails and a historical cemetery to pulling off a roof with Christmas in Action. Habitat for Humanity had two housing projects.
I walked around and looked at each, looking for one with the fewest volunteers. I ended up going to the Ellen Hines Smith Girls Home. When we got there, Lowes had donated a load of mulch. I shoveled mulch into the wheelbarrow and eight of the SMC students spread it around eight trees and a couple of shrub and flower beds. Six others weeded around the hedge by the house before we mulched there. By the time we finished mulching, we had 90 minutes left before returning for lunch.
There were several front porch rockers and a wooden bench needing sanding and spray painting. There was a bit of a mix up as the sandpaper was missing. Some of the female SMC college students went into the home and sorted donated clothing as the third project on our list. Several of the other SMC students started painting the rockers not in need of sanding. As we had a rainbow of colors, several of the female students painted the bench with several cans of white and put red polka dots on the thin patches. Near the end of our session, youngest girl living there, 11 years old, came out and visited with us for a while.
Those who chose not to participate missed an excellent opportunity to share with the community what Sherman College is about.