BY: ASHLEY VANHOOK
Eastern was the runner-up in Challenge for Change, coming in second to Morehead by about 300 hours.
According to Brandon Mandigo, executive vice president of Eastern’s Resident Life Council (RLC), Eastern logged far more hours than previous year’s numbers.
Challenge for Change service competition, sponsored by Student Life and Student Government Association (SGA), is a competition for community service hours between Eastern, Murray State and Morehead State University which began on Jan. 12 and ended Feb. 19.
The goal was to earn as many community service hours as possible; ranging from donating canned food items to clothing.
Student Body President, Madelyn Street, said she was very pleased with the Challenge for Change results.
“We had the biggest turnout EKU has ever had,” Street said.
She said Eastern logged a total of 3,812 volunteer hours.
Mandigo said though this was Eastern’s best turnout for the competition, there was some controversy about what time the hours should be submitted because Morehead had more time to log hours than Murray and Eastern.
“We were supposed to cut our time off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday,” said Mandigo, We found on their (Morehead), their SGA website, that they did not cut their’s off until Wed. morning.”
Mandigo said Eastern may have won the competition if they had had the same deadline for submission, stating several fraternity and sorities contacted him shortly after the deadline asking to log hours.
Mandigo said this year’s event was sponsored by Morehead and hopes in the future it could be monitored by a 3rd party to insure fairness.
“This year the office of Community Service and SGA joined together to encourage the student body to make a difference in their community,” said Mandigo “This year was such a close race, we would like to thank you, in recent years we had less than 1,000 hours logged.”
Donating three cans was the equivalent of one hour of service. Canned food items were donated to God’s Outreach.
Students also had the option to drop off gently used articles of clothing to be donated to the Catholic Action Center in Lexington. For every two articles of clothing donated, students received one hour of service. Additionally, for every $10 raised for a philanthropic cause, an hour of service could be gained.
Any student wanting to participate in next year’s competition can log hours on OrgSync. There is a form on Orgsync.com under the community service page that students can fill out. Students should indicate on the form if they want their community service hours counted toward a specific Registered Student Organization (RSO).
Other charities students were able to help during the service competition were God’s Food Pantry, various blood drives and Habitat for Humanity.