Service Day | April 19, 2018
On Thursday, April 19, 2018 classes will be canceled to give students & employees an opportunity to serve together as an expression of our faith commitment to service at Messiah College.
What is the purpose of Service Day?
Service Day is designed to help fulfill Messiah College's mission to prepare students “for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society." We encourage students and employees alike to participate in service with the local community.
What Can I Do for Service Day?
If you are a student currently enrolled in a Created & Called for Community (also known as CCC) course, then don't worry! You are automatically signed up for the Special Olympics through your CCC course section.
If you are NOT currently enrolled in a CCC course, you can sign up for one of the following opportunities on or off campus:
- Special Olympics Track & Field Buddy
- Special Olympics Events Volunteer (i.e., Set-Up & Clean-Up)
- Special Olympics Zone Monitor
- Special Olympics Competition Sports Volunteer (i.e., Track Runner; Track Timer; etc.)
- Special Olympics Clown Volunteer
For more information about volunteer positions, please click here.
Special Olympics Volunteer Registration will re-open in March 2018!
On and Off-Campus Projects
Thank you to everyone who sponsored an On or Off-Campus project in 2017. We will be looking for project proposals for 2018 this spring and sign-ups will be available in March 2018! Check out our past off-campus service projects from Service Day:
- Bethesda Mission Youth Center provides multiple programs for children in Harrisburg. Volunteers will be involved in cleaning the Youth Center facilities.
- Caitlyn's Smiles is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic/life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers will be involved in assembling various craft kits, greeting cards, and decorating gift bags for distribution to children in hospitals.
- Center for Champions works to bring the love of Christ to Harrisburg one family at a time through an after school program, family assistance, and academic help. They do this through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring of elementary and middle schoolers during the week. Volunteers are needed to assist in painting, sorting, organizing, and deep cleaning the facilities.
- Hearts for Corrine is a way that students can engage creatively in painting, assembling, and packaging necklaces to be sold to raise funds to support the mission of the SADS Foundation, which supports the families of those suffering from Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndrome.
- Joshua Center offers after-school programs and support for at-risk youth through educational and vocational opportunities. Volunteers will help with spring cleaning of the Joshua Center facilities. This will include mopping, dusting, organizing books, and other cleaning tasks.
- Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church has hands-on projects that provide volunteers the opportunity to engage in physical labor to improve the aesthetics of their facilities. This will include painting, cleaning, reorganizing, and, weather permitting, ball field landscaping.
- Mechanicsburg First Church of God has a growing children's Bible program, Kids Club, offered on Wednesday evenings. Volunteers will help paint the room that Kids Club uses to make it more welcoming for the children from the community that come each week to this special time.
- Outdoors Club is offering three separate opportunities for cultivation of environmental stewardship through "Leave No Trace" projects.
- Lower Breeches Clean-Up will involve students paddling down the Yellow Breeches Creek from Messiah College to Simpson Park, picking up garbage along the banks.
- Susquehanna Clean-Up will involve volunteers paddling down the Susquehanna River cleaning up garbage along the banks.
- Upper Breeches Clean-Up will involve students paddling down the Yellow Breeches Creek from Williams Grove to Messiah College, collecting garbage from along the banks.
- Salvation Army of Carlisle is a ministry focused on preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination. Volunteers will work to clean the community dining room/kitchen facilities, organize Senior Center supply closets, clean shelter common areas, and work outside in the courtyard surrounding the Senior Center.
- Silence of Mary Homes helps the poor and homeless in the Allison Hill community of Harrisburg. Volunteers will be involved in yard clean-up and getting the neighborhood gardens ready for planting.
- Sustainability Office is seeking volunteers for two separate projects which will educate volunteers on biodiversity while engaging in the beautification of campus.
- Tree replanting, in conjunction with Messiah College's Building and Grounds department, will involve digging holes, planting trees, and refilling holes surrounding the Grantham Community Garden.
- Grantham Community Garden is seeking volunteers to engage in prep work for the garden, to include weeding, adding compost to beds, planting, and expanding/fixing the chicken coops.
- YWCA of Greater Harrisburg is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. Students will bring donations and assemble care packages to give to children who are brought in to stay in the domestic violence shelter with their mothers.
Buddy Training Videos
CCC Students: Embedded below are the THREE training videos you are required to watch prior to answering the survey you should have received in your Messiah email from Qualtrics. You can also find them on YouTube.