Students serve the local community
Another successful Serve Day is in the books! This past Saturday, September 14, NNU students and campus community members went to Hope House, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and the neighborhoods surrounding campus to make an impact on the local community. Erik Birnel, SGA community relations coordinator, organized the three unique projects.
Students served Hope House by giving their time and fundraising. At the Hope House campus in Marsing, students played games with the kids and led a worship service after lunch. Additionally, a carwash was held in the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene parking lot with all donations going to the Hope House.
"Through these relationships we can demonstrate by example that we aren't just a school that's Christian in name only, but we love because Christ first loved us."At the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, students joined the community in participating in Public Lands Day. They helped with a general clean-up of the refuge, its Visitor’s Center, and its trails.
The last project entailed work for neighborhoods around campus. Students greeted people who live in surrounding neighborhoods and helped them out with anything they needed done—from yard work to sweeping out garages.
“Serve Day is a great NNU tradition because working and spending time with others builds relationships. Through these relationships we can demonstrate by example that we aren't just a school that's Christian in name only, but we love because Christ first loved us,” Erik said.
Serve Day not only connects students but also brings them into the local community and represents the school in an incredible way. It’s an opportunity to do restorative work for those around us while also informing students of different organizations nearby. Erik’s hope is that through this event, students will not only enjoy serving others but also discover a passion for this work that they never knew they had.
Photos provided by Hope House, Inc. See more photos from Serve Day on their website.