Even with the limits of volunteering that COVID-19 has created, several student organizations at Ohio University Lancaster have found ways to serve the community by spending the fall semester engaged in community service projects.
Alpha Phi Omega
The service-oriented brotherhood Alpha Phi Omega has partnered with several local organizations to give back this fall. Alpha Phi Omega members organized a week-long donation campaign and collected over 100 canned items, personal hygiene supplies and baking items for Foundation dinners. Foundation Dinners in Lancaster serve impoverished people three free meals a day every day of the year.
The national organization Alpha Phi Omega has also designated the first week of November as its National Week of Service. âThe environmentâ was chosen as the theme for this year. The OHIO Lancaster Chapter participated in National Service Week by helping clean up downtown Lancaster, supporting Destination Downtown Lancaster. Members filled garbage bags with garbage, weeds and helped beautify the downtown area.
Alpha Phi Omega has also partnered with the United Way of Fairfield County.
âWe had the opportunity to volunteer for the 23rd annual United Way 5K,â McKenzie Taylor, a senior communication studies student and vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega, said. âOur members helped guide the race, distribute water and cheer on the runners throughout the race. Thanks to the United Way of Fairfield County for hosting us.
Members have also volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Fairfield County to cook over 900 meals for the holidays. Meals on Wheels’s mission is to enable independent living and improve the quality of life for seniors in Fairfield County.
âI had a great time helping give back to my community this holiday season,â said Matt Romine, sophomore social work student and member of Alpha Phi Omega.
The next on Alpha Phi Omega’s calendar will partner with Maywood Mission in adopting a family and spreading holiday cheer.
Follow the group of students Facebook page to see his latest service projects.
Ohio Education Association – Aspiring Educators
Ohio Education Association (OEA) – Aspiring Educators is the local chapter of the Ohio Education Association. This group of students, dedicated to education majors, recently collaborated with a local kindergarten class to help collect canned food for families in need.
Ms. Welch’s kindergarten class at Bernie Union began their food drive with the goal of collecting 100 items. With the help of OAS-Aspiring Educators, the food drive collected nearly 1,000 items.
âThis group of students have a heart of service,â said Samantha Lowe, early childhood education student and president of the OAS-Aspiring Educators. âI am delighted that we were able to help them exceed their goals and help families in need.
Lowe said that the next OAS-Aspiring Educators service project will have a toy drive in December. In addition to the toy drive, the student group is also hosting a blanket and sock drive on December 10.
LET US HELP
LET Us Help is a student group that helps local law enforcement organize fairs and festivals, and provides students with the opportunity to network in the area of ââcriminal justice. In October, the law enforcement tech student group hosted their annual Adopt a Freeway Cleanup event. The annual event serves the community by keeping the roads free of litter.
Louis Hutchinson, a senior law enforcement technology and communication studies student, received a LET Us Help Community Service Certificate. Students can earn this certificate for volunteering for more than 10 hours by giving back to the community.
âI donated canned food that will be distributed to local donation centers. I also volunteered at a DUI checkpoint with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, âHutchinson said. âAs president of the community service organization LET Us Help, I ran the Adopt a Highway garbage collection event and volunteered at the event. “
To learn more about OHIO Lancaster student organizations and how to get involved, visit student organizations page.