Buies Creek, N.C.— Sept. 11 is the anniversary of a devastating loss to America, but it will also be a day of accomplishment for those who participate in Campbell University’s 9/11 Day of Service. Partnering with humanitarian organizations in Harnett County, Campbell will host a series of volunteer opportunities for students and members of the community, from manning a food collection station to painting a church.
Held Saturday, Sept. 11, the Day of Service is a result of President Barack Obama’s declaration that 9/11 be a Day of Service and Remembrance. Sara McCarthy, Campbell University’s AmeriCorps VISTA member said the day is filled with service possibilities for students and community residents.
“Volunteers can work with the Volunteer Center of Harnett County to man a food collection station on campus, create cards for service men with Helping Hands for Heroes, paint the inside of the Baptist Fellowship in Angier, partner with Harnett Literacy to inform area residents about the importance of literary, or spend the morning playing Bingo and bringing joy to the residents of Brookfield Assisted Living facility,” said McCarthy. “This event also complements the servant/leadership curriculum that Campbell University emphasizes.”
Community members may participate in the food drive by dropping off non-perishable items at the University’s Y lot, the parking lot beside Barker-Lane Stadium, the morning of Sept. 11, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers will also be collecting food at area grocery stores.
“The Day of Service encourages a two-way relationship between the community and the University, as well as offers students opportunities to serve others and experience life in Harnett County outside of Buies Creek,” said McCarthy. “It’s a positive and constructive way to remember 9/11.”
For more information on how to volunteer for Campbell University’s 9/11 Day of Service event, contact Sara McCarthy at 910.814.4726 or register at the Information Desk in the lobby of the Wallace Student Center on the Campbell campus.