Service Saturday 2014
Saturday, March 15
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 2014 Service Saturday event will focus on "Serving through the Generations" as the College's students, faculty, and staff dedicate a morning to assisting our retirement communities in the greater LaGrange area.
At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, the campus community will gather on the College's residential quad for a prayer and brief introduction to the day's activities. From there, we will separate into five groups who will each then go to one of the following retirement communities: Vernon Woods, LaGrange Nursing & Rehabilitation, the Florence Hand Home, Poplar Creek Assisted Living, and Leisure Living Assisted Living. A liaison from Student Engagement has worked with each facility to determine their needs. At each facility, LaGrange College students, faculty, and staff will spend time with residents through conversation, reading, Bingo, or even painting fingernails. Likewise, several facilities have requested assistance outside the building through laying pine straw or cleaning items like walkers, cars, or windows. Following our morning of service to the outside community, the LaGrange College community will meet at noon on the residential quad for a cookout provided by Aramark.
While some transportation to facilities will be available through the College, the majority of Service Saturday participants will be expected to use personal vehicles to carpool to the various locations. Additionally, should our number of registered volunteers exceed the number that can be supported at the retirement communities, the College will have a project on campus to insure that all can participate in this campus-wide day of service.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Marc H. Shook at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear? Keep in mind that you have an equal chance of sharing community with residents inside as you do working outside. Accordingly, 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 9:30 a.m. (grassy area behind Candler Hall and Hawkins Hall).
How long will this last? The service project will last from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. We will be hosting a cookout on the residential quad at noon, but your participation in the cookout is optional. Keep in mind that Pitts Dining Hall will be closed during the time of the cookout.
Where am I going? The vast majority of the group will be going to one of the five participating retirement communities. The addresses are listed below:
- Vernon Woods - 101 Vernon Woods Drive, LaGrange, Georgia 30240
- LaGrange Nursing & Rehabilitation - 2111 W Point Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240
- Florence Hand Home - 200 Medical Dr, LaGrange, GA 30240
- Poplar Creek Assisted Living - 114 Old Airport Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240
- Leisure Living Assisted Living - 137 Parker Place Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240
What about transportation? Due to the number of participants, the College will only have limited availability to transport students to the various 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 time with residents inside. 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.