WILSON, N.C. — October 14, 2019 — Barton College students, faculty, staff, and alumni will head out on Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, to serve a multitude of local organizations during the College’s annual “Day of Service.”
With more than 800 Barton participants signed up, students and professors at the College will set aside books, and campus staff members and area alumni will step away from desks, for the 12th annual “Day of Service” on campus and in the Wilson community.
Begun in 2008, this campus initiative supports Barton’s vision for its graduates to be “well-prepared for life and for success in their chosen careers because they will possess a lifelong commitment to learning, service, and achievement.” This well-established program, now 12 years old, has become one of the most highly anticipated annual events for the campus community.
Through participation in these one-day projects, Barton hopes to provide its students with a foundation for developing a deeper appreciation for service learning and a stronger sense of civic responsibility, as well as meeting needs within the Wilson community. Developing a lifelong commitment to service is part of the “Barton Experience,” and Barton College’s “Day of Service” provides an intentional opportunity for the campus community to give back to its hometown community of Wilson.
Barton College’s “Day of Service” will begin with a kick-off breakfast for participants at 8 a.m. followed by brief remarks from campus leaders. Members of the college community will then disperse to assigned locations across the city for service and return to campus for a late lunch and an opportunity to share reports of work completed.
Local service projects for the 2019 Day of Service this year include working with: American Red Cross, Arts Council of Wilson, Botanical Gardens, Building Blocks for Tots, Carriage House at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, City of Wilson Parks Department, Curis at Wilson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Darden Middle School, Diversified Opportunities Inc., Eastern NC School for the Deaf, Educational Forest, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Flynn Christian Fellowship Home, Forest Hills Baptist Church, Gold Street Clean-Up, Greenfield School, Hope Station, Imagination Station, Jones Elementary School, Kiddie Kampus of Wilson, Margaret Hearne Elementary School, New Hope Elementary School, Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House, Preservation of Wilson, Raleigh Road Clean-Up, Rise Against Hunger, Rocky Mount High School, Sallie B. Howard School, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Seeds of Hope, St. John Community Development, Inc., St. Therese Catholic Church, The Spot, Thomas Yelverton at Evergreen Memorial Park, Toisnot Middle School, Veterans Residential Services of Wilson, Wells Elementary School, Wesley Shelter, Wesley Shelter: Clothesline, Whirligig Park, Willow Spring Country Club, Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity, Wilson Botanical Gardens, Wilson Family YMCA, Wilson House Assisted Living, and Y.O.U.T.H of Wilson County, among others.