Wright State group to host first special community day of service

Wright State’s We Serve U group is hosting a community service day Friday.
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Wright State’s We Serve U group is hosting a community service day Friday.

Wright State University will allow its employees to take time off from work later this week for a good cause.

Employees and WSU will be able to volunteer this Friday as part of a special community service day the school is hosting.

As part of “We Serve U Day,” Wright State faculty and staff can take time away from campus to volunteer at the Dayton Food Bank, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, Five Rivers MetroParks, Wright State’s We Serve U and the new Raid Our Closet clothing service for students, according to Wright State.

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The service day is organized by We Serve U, an organization that encourages Wright State employees to provide their time and skills to engage in community service opportunities.

“The importance of service to the community is part of our university’s mission and is ingrained in our culture,” said president Cheryl Schrader said in a prepared statement. “We Serve U Day provides Wright State employees and students an opportunity to collectively give back in one coordinated effort.”

Food bank volunteers will bag produce, sort donations, help in the garden and load donations into cars, according to WSU. Those working at Hannah’s Treasure Chest will sort and organize donations, wrap diapers and prepare dental kits.

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Some people will do trail maintenance on the MetroParks Mountain Bike Area in Huffman MetroPark. Other Volunteers will collect and transport donations from on-going We Serve U drives to Crayons to Classrooms and Wright State’s Raid Our Closet.

We Serve U leaders hope the Friday event is the first of many coordinated days of community service that will be hosted by the group at Wright State, said Joanie Hendricks, senior institutional research analyst and co-chair of We Serve U

“[T]his is the first opportunity we have as a group to go out and affect the community at large,” Hendricks said. “I think people really want to give back and this is a great opportunity.”

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