NWU Expands Lend-A-Hand Tradition

Remember Lend-A-Hand to Lincoln?

The citywide service project has been a part of New Student Orientation at NWU for decades.

Now this NWU tradition is going national. On Saturday, August 24, alumni and friends of the university in Lincoln, Omaha, Kansas City, Denver and Washington, D.C. are lending Lend-A-Hand service events to coincide with NWU’s Lend-A-Hand service event for new students.

In Lincoln, alumni will volunteer at Nebraska Wesleyan’s new community garden. Located near 53rd Street and Huntington Ave, the community garden was developed last fall in an effort to build a greater sense of community between NWU and its neighbors.

Alumni who participate in this Lincoln Lend-A-Hand event will begin their experience at 8:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast alongside incoming first year students. Then spend the morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. cleaning and mulching the garden. This will be followed by a reflection led by NWU student Bailey Wood, who will talk more about the garden’s purpose. Lunch will follow. Sign up for Lend-A-Hand to Lincoln.

Alumni and friends will join NWU alum Craig Christenson (’00) and volunteer at MICAH House, which provides a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for families and single women who are experiencing homelessness. The service projects begins with a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. at the MICAH House, 1415 Avenue J in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Volunteers will serve for 1 ½ hours and will conclude with lunch at Tish’s Restaurant, 1207 S. 35th Street in Council Bluffs. Sign up for Lend-A-Hand to Omaha.

Kansas City
In Kansas City, join NWU alumni Grant Johnson (’07) and Jenna Rhodes (’11) as they lead volunteer efforts at Sleepyhead Beds. This organization collects gently-used beds and delivers them to bedless children in the Kansas City metro area. Volunteers will meet at Sleepyhead Beds, 1519 Cherry Street, at 8 a.m. and enjoy a continental breakfast. Volunteers will then load and deliver beds to children and families from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, 817 Westport Road. Sign up for Lend-A-Hand to Kansas City.

Join NWU alumni Julie (Karlen) Peavy (’95) and Don G. Sperber (’59) at Trinity United Methodist Church, 18th Street and Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will begin with a continental breakfast and then will assemble health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, which provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupts life to communities around the world. Lunch will be served at noon with time for discussion and reflection. Sign up for Lend-A-Hand to Denver.

Washington D.C.
Join NWU alumni Austin Pederson ('07) and Alison Umberger and serve Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI). Meet at Mamie D. Lee Community Garden, 100 Gallatin St. Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Dress for working in the dirt and sun. After serving, alumni will enjoy a complimentary lunch and will learn more about NFI. Sign up for Lend-A-Hand to Washington D.C.

12,500 Hour Service Challenge
Meanwhile first-year students, New Student Orientation (NSO) leaders, faculty, and staff will spend their Saturday at dozens of non-profit agencies throughout Lincoln cleaning, trimming, painting, and serving in many capacities.

This year’s traditional Lend-A-Hand to Lincoln and the Lend-A-Hand Day service events throughout the country will add to the university’s 12,500 Hour Service Challenge, which was launched last fall in celebration of NWU’s 125th anniversary. The goal was for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university to give 12,500 volunteer hours from September 2012 to September 2013. That goal was reached in eight short months.

Today our goal totals approximately 15,300 hours. How far can we push the total before we reach the finish line at homecoming on September 19?  You can help by volunteering at Lend-A-Hand Day, then logging your service hours.

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Join us for Lend A Hand Day on Saturday, Aug. 24.