Messiah community reaches out on Service Day
|Jeff Moshier, dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, served as a Special Olympian's buddy for Messiah College's sixth annual Service Day in April.
"Part of my motivation in working with Special Olympians is to connect with these precious individuals, to show them that they are loved and welcomed by our community," says Jeff Moshier, dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, who was a Special Olympian's buddy on Service Day.
This April, the Messiah College community once again welcomed approximately 1,000 athletes who participated in the regional Special Olympics as part of the College's sixth annual Service Day. Nearly 950 volunteers from Messiah College joined the Olympians for a day of friendly competition and personal triumphs. Katie Sweitzer '06, student director of Special Olympics for the College, worked in tandem with local community members to coordinate the event, which draws countless volunteers and spectators to campus each year.
In all, 1,500 students, educators, and employees took a break from their regular schedules to volunteer at Special Olympics or to disperse into the greater Harrisburg area for Service Day. More than 600 volunteers from the College completed projects at 48 different regional locations, including Messiah Village, a retirement community in Mechanicsburg; CURE International, a children's health ministry based in Harrisburg; and the Historic Harrisburg Association.
— Jonathan Vaitl ’06