KENNESAW, Georgia (April 11, 2022) – Nearly 300 members of the Kennesaw State University campus and surrounding community spent their Saturday morning volunteering as part of the university’s ninth annual Service Day, visiting 16 work sites in the Atlanta metro area.
the Office of Community Engagement founded on duty day in 2014 and in recent years has collaborated with the Department of Student Leadership and Serviceengaging more than 1,900 students, faculty, and staff in work projects at schools, parks, nonprofits, and other community sites.
Each Day of Service event represents the culmination of a year of planning by a committee of representatives from across the University, co-chaired this year by Kimberly Henghold, director of the Office of Community Engagement, and Ryan Keesee, deputy director of the civic engagement. for the Department of Student Leadership and Service.
“The Day of Service is particularly important this year with the addition of the Community and Culture pillar which has been added to the University’s curriculum. strategic framework for future growth,” Henghold said. “We want to instill how important it is to be an engaged citizen in your community, especially when you graduate from KSU. We even have alumni who come back and volunteer alongside us.
Volunteer activities this year included sorting and packing books for Books For Africa, sorting and packing goods donated to families coming out of homelessness at Simple Needs, beautifying the park at Green Meadows Preserve and sorting donations to MUST ministries.
Attendees included faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, including Chris Sharpe, Director of Access Services and Librarian Associate Professor of Librarianship.
“I was able to do a variety of things like helping out a stable that works with children with disabilities, organizing donations for a foster home, maintaining walking and biking trails, and educating neighborhoods about stormwater management,” Sharpe said. “I love the opportunity to help out and learn more about my community.”
Volunteering can be rewarding in many ways, Henghold said.
“Organic relationships are often built from this experience that has turned into job offers and mentorship opportunities for participants,” she said. “The program has been a rewarding win-win for KSU and our partners.”
– Photos by Judith Pishnery
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.