By Jessica L. Mullins/Around&About editor
For the majority of college students, Fridays are quite possibly the most anticipated day of the week. Fridays lead to a break from classes, exams and professors while hopefully leading to some much needed rest, relexation and recovery.
However, Eastern’s Office of Volunteerism is now giving students one more reason to look forward to Fridays, as they launch a new program to get students involved in the community.
“Do Good Feel Good Fridays” is a volunteer program based off the success of the “Saturdays for Service” volunteer program which was launched last year giving students an opportunity to spend their day off helping others.
Every Friday, students will be able to take part in the early and late afternoon programs that “Do Good Feel Good Fridays” will be offering.
In the early afternoon, students will visit the Kentucky River Foothills Headstart in Richmond or in Berea, where they will go into the classrooms to read to and interact with young children.
“It is a great opportunity to build literacy and reading skills in three and four year olds,” said Amber Jones, coordinator of volunteerism.
In reading to the children, Jones said, “we will also utilize reading material that will enhance their cultural awareness and broaden their horizons.”
Jones notes that it should be a really fun time and a great opportunity for students to make a difference.
After helping very young children, the second part of “Do Good Feel Good Fridays” will focus more on a variety of ages, as the volunteer group will visit the Metro Group Home in Lexington to help with their street outreach program.
Metro Group Home “provides safe, positive alternatives for youth, between the ages of 11 and 21, and their families,” according to their mission statement.
As part of the street outreach program, “small groups of students will go out into the streets of Lexington to reach out to the children, youth and young adults that are potentially homeless or engaging in high-risk behaviors” Jones said.
She feels the aspect of “Do Good Feel Good Fridays” will really put things into perspective for college students.
Dinah Williams, Program Director for the MASH program, another outreach of the Metro Group Home, is excited about Eastern students coming to help and emphasizes the importance of volunteerism.
“Volunteers keep us going and they are so appreciated,” Williams said.
“Do Good Feel Good Fridays” will tentatively be every Friday throughout the semester and students must sign up in advance to participate.
For more information or to sign up for a Friday, send an email to email@example.com, or call the Office of Volunteerism at 622-2052.
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