Bryan lends a hand during service day

June 4, 2014

st30smBryan students, faculty, and staff celebrated their ninth annual community service day Tuesday, April 9, with projects ranging from musical performances to painting and clean-up.

A work crew builds steps for a Dayton couple. Eric McEachron, assistant director of faith and mission, said, “The day went really well. We had a really energetic morning [breakfast send-off session], people worked hard and most completed their projects before their hosts expected.”

He said one team impressed the woman they were helping so much that “she told them, ‘Give me your phone number so I can call you when I need something else done.’”

Ben Norquist, director of faith and mission who coordinated the service day, said teams visited 84 sites in Rhea and Hamilton counties. Projects are scheduled at nursing homes, community service organizations, churches, camps and private residences. Approximately 650 volunteers will participate.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay told students, “I don’t think a single event in the life of the college is more meaningful in the community than our service day. It shows the interest we have in the community.”

See more pictures from community service day here.

Previous service days were held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but a change in the college calendar and realizing that many organizations were closed that day led to the decision to move the date.