Day of Service is returning to campus for its second year on Saturday, April 12, after it was canceled due to COVID-19 last year. The event will begin at 10 a.m. when teams will meet on the quad before getting to work. The service event will end at 1 p.m.
Day of Service “is a time for Hillsdale College Students to come together as a community and give back to Hillsdale County by participating in a wide variety of service projects all around town,” said GOAL Coordinator Maya Kaniaupio.
Kaniaupio said that the service projects will be like many of the college’s 23 GOAL programs, which includes programs that assist local churches and other organizations in the surrounding Hillsdale County area.
When the GOAL program held the event in 2019, service activities included cleaning the Baw Beese trail, blanket-making for Domestic Harmony, and window-washing at the hospice center. Kaniaupio said she anticipates participation from Greek organizations, sports teams, campus clubs, and more.
GOAL Director and senior Michaela Peine said that anyone on campus can participate in Day of Service, as long as they sign up with a team. Individuals must scan the QR code the Day of Service posters hung around campus. Teams should choose a team leader who will be in contact with the GOAL office, which will assign them a project.
Senior Lacey Burke participated in the first Day of Service in the spring of 2019. She said Day of Service was an important event for Hillsdale students.
“Hillsdale College plays such a central role in the activity of the city, but students don’t really get outside the ‘Hillsdale bubble’ and connect with community members much,” Burke said. “It was really good to work with other students to connect with and serve the community to make some changes for the better.”