Service Saturday 2015
Saturday, March 7
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Consistent with the institution's Wesleyan tradition and John Wesley's commitment to understanding "the world is our parish," LaGrange College sponsors a campus-wide Service Saturday each semester. The Spring 2015 Service Saturday event will focus on "Serving Women and Children" as the College's students, faculty, and staff dedicate a morning to assisting our local Emmaus Women’s Shelter locations. The mission of Emmaus Women's Shelter is to provide refuge, restoration, and reintegration to homeless women and their children. Since 2009 the shelter has served an increasing number of homeless with better services and they see less recidivism while offering great after care. They partner with local churches, employers, and other benevolent groups to enable them to truly help the homeless overcome their circumstances. The shelter currently serves 25-30 homeless per day between their shelter warming center, and day center.
The shelter serves the homeless by providing more than shelter. According to the organization’s mission, they reach people with the love of Christ and they do this by “teaching them to fish” and not waiting in a line for a handout. Although they may not be able to change all of their poverty, they can still offer them hope for their soul, a support system, clean clothes, hot showers, and warm meals.
At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, the campus community will gather on the College's residential quad for a prayer and brief introduction to the day's activities. If inclement weather occurs that morning, we will meet in Mariotti Gym. You will receive an e-mail if the meeting location is changed. From there, we will separate into groups who will each then go to one of the shelter locations. A liaison from Student Engagement has worked with each location to determine their needs. At each facility, LaGrange College students, faculty, and staff will spend time organizing the food pantries and clothing donations, scrapbooking shelter articles, babysitting school aged children, preparing stamped envelopes for donations, and basic landscaping and gardening.
While some transportation to the shelter locations will be available through the College, the majority of Service Saturday participants will be expected to use personal vehicles to carpool. Additionally, should our number of registered volunteers exceed the number that can be supported at the shelter locations, the College will have a project on campus to insure that all can participate in this campus-wide day of service.
In the event of rain, please check your e-mail for an update that morning. Because some of the activities are outside projects, it is possible the day could be rained out. If this happens, Service Saturday will be rescheduled. You will receive an e-mail with this information and further details.
Please feel free to contact Katie Mosley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. Based on weather, you are encouraged to bring a coat.
Where should I meet?
Meet on the residential quad at 9:45 a.m. (grassy area behind Candler Hall and Hawkins Hall).
How long will this last?
The service project will last from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where am I going?
You will go to one of the 3 shelter locations in LaGrange.
What about transportation?
Due to the number of participants, the College will only have limited availability to transport students to the service locations. Students will need to carpool. As such, you are encouraged to bring your car keys with you on the morning of the project. Decisions about who will drive will be made when the groups are split on Saturday morning.
What if I have a physical condition that will not allow me to work outside?
Those that are unable to perform any service-related work outside should be able to spend their time doing indoor projects such as scrapbooking, babysitting, and organizing the food pantry and clothes donations. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in any part of the project, you should communicate this concern to your College site coordinator who you will meet when we divide groups on Saturday morning.