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April 23, 2004
Vol. 45 No. 21

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Students help United Way

Helping Hands
Courtesy of Alison Hubbard
HELPING HANDS - Freshman Tim Barnes and junior Nora Huth, members of Alpha Phi Omega, volunteer at the Nottingham Village Retirement and Nursing Center in Northumberland. Five campus groups participated in the Days of Caring last Friday and Saturday.
Several campus organizations participated in the United Way Day of Caring 2004 on Friday and Saturday. Students from America Reads, Alpha Phi Omega, Arts Alive!, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and Theta Chi volunteered at various United Way agencies in the Susquehanna valley.

Keri Albright, executive director of the United Way of Central Susquehanna Valley, said the Days of Caring events are established to help local United Way Agencies such as the American Red Cross of Sunbury and Snyder Counties, Haven Ministry in Sunbury and Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council.

"The Days of Caring is a national effort that pairs business volunteers with United Way Agencies," Albright said. "These non-profit organizations often have tight budgets and have difficulty maintaining their landscaping, so we match up volunteers with different agencies to help with general landscaping or spring cleaning."

"We hope that the experience will establish a relationship between the volunteers and the agency since many of the organizations are always in need of help," she said.

Student volunteers from America Reads and Arts Alive! helped at the Susquehanna Children's Center.

Heather Palm, junior member of America Reads, said volunteers helped landscape the front of the building while working with many of the center's staff and children.

Junior Hollie Major, Arts Alive! co-project manager, said: "I found the most meaningful experience from last Friday was being able to help out the center and enjoy the company of the kids while doing it. The children were so enthusiastic and willing to help. They even took charge many times."

Other organizations worked at nursing homes in the area. Members of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America planted flowers at the Loving Care Nursing Home on Market Street, and members of Alpha Phi Omega helped with general landscaping and cleaning resident's closets at Nottingham Village Retirement and Nursing Center in Northumberland.

Dwight Swaney, sophomore service chairman for Theta Chi, said that members of his fraternity volunteered at the Red Cross of Snyder County in Mifflinburg with their chicken barbecue fundraiser.

The United Way of Central Susquehanna Valley serves the local areas of Snyder and Western Northumberland counties.

They raise funds and organizing volunteers for the local non-profit organizations that benefit the community.

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