Students serve the campus and local communities
Student Government Association’s (SGA) semi-annual “Serve Day” event was held this past Saturday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 22. Through this event, NNU students, faculty and staff were able to impact the community of Nampa by partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge, Vida Nueva Church of the Nazarene, Nampa Housing Association and other organizations.
During these two Serve Days, 250 students participated in 14 separate events throughout the Treasure Valley. Volunteers helped multiple churches, non-profit organizations, schools and individuals with projects that varied from painting to gardening, yard work to building a jungle gym, litter collection to visiting people.
Nathan Emerson, NNU student and volunteer, was a part of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge team that cleared goat-head plants from jogging trails. When asked why he participated in Serve Day, Nathan responded, “I love to help out in community projects whenever I have the time. Often, during school there are massive amounts of homework and projects to work on, so having an event where it was easy for students to sign up and participate in community relations was great. I feel that if we have the opportunity to help others, especially if all we’re giving up is time, it is something we as Christians are called to do.”
This last Wednesday, NNU students had another chance to participate in Serve Day by planting eighteen trees on NNU’s campus. Planting the trees led to the final step for NNU to receive certification as a Tree Campus, and the first in the state of Idaho.
Janson Card, SGA Community Relations Coordinator and Serve Day organizer, was very pleased with the outcome. Card commented, “We learned that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are indeed very few, so it was a great opportunity to put our faith into action and advance the Kingdom of God in our local community.”