CLINTON — More than 100 Ashford University students, staff and faculty members spent Saturday performing community service projects as part of the University’s “Fresh START (Serving to Achieve Results Together)” Orientation Service Day.
Service Learning Manager Audra Adams said the day helped students not only give back to the community, but feel a part of Clinton.
“Our students from all over the world volunteered with 17 different Clinton non-profit organizations for a morning of service,” Adams said. “It was a nice jump start to our semester and hopefully will lead to a strong tradition of giving back.”
Participants worked on a variety of projects at the Gateway Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Arch, Bargain Bonanza, Benevolent Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bright Spot, the city of Clinton, Clinton Trees Forever, Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, First Congregational Church, Salvation Army, Midwest Lumber Museum, Sisters of St. Francis, Symphony of Lights, Train Depot (Jaycees), Victory Center and the YWCA.
Ashford volunteers helped with landscaping and weeding, painting, cleaning, marking storm drains, and numerous other projects.
“Our faculty and staff worked side-by-side with our new students and showed them the importance of community service in the Ashford culture,” Adams said. “I am proud of our campus and believe that when we all work together we can have fun and make a difference in our community.”