Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

November 2, 2012

Goshen College students volunteer time to help community

GOSHEN — Nearly 200 Goshen College freshmen and faculty members were out in force on the streets of Goshen and Elkhart Wednesday afternoon as part of the college’s 14th annual Day of Service event.

Held once a year as a way for GC students to reaffirm their commitment to service, Wednesday’s event featured eight groups of approximately 20 freshmen students and two faculty members who were then paired with one of several service organizations or charities from around the county.

According to Jodi Beyeler, assistant director of public relations for the college, the Day of Service is part of the core curriculum of courses that all students must take as new students at the college.

“We made some changes last year to the day and instead of cancelling all classes, just the 100 and 200 level classes are cancelled for the day,” Beyeler said. “Then first-year students and their professors spend the day in service.”

Service organizations partnering with the college for this year’s event, which ran from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., included: Boys and Girls Club of Goshen, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, LaCasa Inc., Soup for Success, Greencroft and Pathways Retreat.

Christina Hofer, a GC freshman from South Dakota, was busy raking leaves in the 700 block of North Fifth Street Wednesday through her group’s partnership with LaCasa Inc.

“We split into groups, and our group is raking leaves here and I think we’re just going down the block and then down the other side of the block,” Hofer said. “All freshman are taking a core class as part of Goshen’s general education program, and the class is called Identity, Culture and Community. We always have a service day, it happens every year, but it’s part of this class this year. So all the freshmen are out today.”

Despite being a school requirement, Hofer said she sees the importance of volunteering for one’s community and would most likely have participated regardless of the requirement.

“Yeah, I think it’s definitely important,” Hofer said. “I mean, sure it’s hard for us to get up and get out on cold mornings like this. But there are so many of us. A class of 175 can do a lot. So yeah, I think it’s definitely important.”

Chris Vendrely, a GC freshman assisting in the clean-up efforts along Fifth Street, was quick to agree.

“Part of the Goshen core is service, so getting out here in the community in Goshen doing service is important to us,” Vendrely said. “Right now we’re raking leaves up and down the street. Hopefully we won’t be doing this for too long, because it’s pretty cold out here. We’ve got a lot more to do though. But it’s worth it.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140730 Spore mug Charges filed against parents in Syracuse boy's death SYRACUSE — According to a story first reported by The Times-Union in Warsaw, the parents of a 12-year-old Syracuse boy are facing criminal charges as the result of their son's death in June. The Times-Union reported late Friday night that Candy Sue

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140823 new paris railroad crossing 01 Railroad crossing upgrades coming NEW PARIS — Significant safety upgrades are on their way for the Division Street railroad crossing in New Paris. That’s the word from Will Wingfield, a media relations representative with the Indiana Department of Transportation, who recently indicat

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • Fresh shrimp business approved GOSHEN — Finding fresh shrimp in Elkhart County just got a little easier.

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS GN140822 john hertzel (2) John Hertzler relishes role with Goshen Historical Society GOSHEN — Visitors to the Goshen Historical Society’s museum might not know John Hertzler is there, tucked back in an office beyond the rows of historic documents, photographs and artifacts.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • South Ninth Street area under boil water order South Ninth Street, between East Jackson and Franklin streets in Goshen, is under a boil water order from noon until further notice.

    August 21, 2014

  • GN140821 Pike Street Project 2 INDOT meeting held to discuss Pike Street project GOSHEN — Major changes may be on the way for a small section of Pike Street in downtown Goshen.

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0821 goshen college challenge Locals embrace ice bucket challenge It’s a challenge that has united participants with the shared sensation of an icy burst of water, sopping wet clothing and video evidence — all in the name of philanthropy.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140821 nisly complaint Complaint filed against state rep candidate Accusations of wrongdoing, in the form of a complaint to the Indiana Election Commission, have been levied against District 22 representative Republican nominee Curt Nisly.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140820 dometic groundbreaking Dometic breaks ground on significant expansion in Goshen GOSHEN — As Dometic officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $7 million expansion of their Goshen distribution center Wednesday, the work was already underway in the background. “It’s happening right now,” said Dave Schutz, vice presi

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn