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My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering
My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

HOLLAND, Mich. – Some 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college’s “Time to Serve” program on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Most of the students will be members of the freshman Class of 2018.  The students signed up for the mass volunteer effort shortly after their arrival at Hope, during New Student Orientation.

The students will be working in groups of six to 10 at nearly 40 sites from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the Holland and Zeeland area, and will include sorting Bibles for Mexico, cleaning The Critter Barn, working on a home with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The “Time to Serve” program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and one another. The intiiative began in the fall of 2000 with 10 projects and about 100 participants and grew to 24 projects and 300 students a year later. In October 2001, “Time to Serve” received a Distinguished Service Award from Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc. during the group’s annual conference.

Hope students volunteer in a variety of ways throughout the school year. In addition to “Time to Serve,” three prominent efforts at the college are Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, the dance marathon fundraiser for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids, and the spring break service and immersion trip program, all of which involve hundreds of students annually. 

In January 2011, Hope was named to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2010 Community Engagement Classification for demonstrating excellent community engagement locally and beyond, showing alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.

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