OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Each October, Stevenson University sponsors a Building Community Day for all students. During the event, more than 500 students, including members of the University's intercollegiate athletic teams, as well as faculty, and staff devote a full day to giving back to their community.
"Part of Stevenson University's core mission is service to the community," said Chris Noya, Assistant Vice President for Experiential Learning and Career Services. "This day brings SU students, faculty and staff together in the spirit of community and service."
From 8:00 a.m., to 3:00 p.m., last Saturday, October 1, several student-athletes continued their yearly commitment to Building Community Day by volunteering their time at five area locations, including the Baltimore Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Oliver, Healthy Neighborhoods and Fresh Fruits Farm.
Depending on the students' assignments, they helped plant trees, remove invasive plant species, clean up the streets of litter and harvested fruits and vegetables that are donated to local food shelters.
"Through Building Community Day and other service events throughout the year, students become more aware of the world around them and of the value of being involved, caring citizens," added Noya.
In 2010, Stevenson volunteers collectively completed over 3,200 service hours during Building Community Day and received national recognition for their dedication and impact on their community.