CCU Students and Staff Serve on Community Service Day

Cincinnati Christian University students Mike Smith and Brittany Smalling put faith into action sprucing up the fence at City Gospel Mission during CCU's Community Service Day on April 22. (Photo credit: T. Farris)

CINCINNATI – April 26, 2010 – More than 250 students, staff and faculty from Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) provided more than 1,000 hours service to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Cincinnati community April 22 during the college’s annual Community Service Day.

Each year for the past five years, CCU has cancelled classes and closed campus offices for one day to allow everyone on campus the opportunity to serve the Cincinnati community.

Students are not required to participate, but many look forward to the opportunity to get out in the city and have fun while accomplishing good works for others. Faculty and staff also assist.

This year students helped identify the 15 sites where CCU served, forming their own work teams. Projects included painting and clean-up at City Gospel Mission and Price Hill Recreation Center, removing siding from a house slated for rehab by the Camp Washington Community Board, sorting clothing at Master Provisions Ministry in Florence, Ky., and helping the Cincinnati Fire Department with distributing smoke detectors and batteries to residents in the Price Hill community.

“By participating in our annual Service Day, our students not only give a lot, but they also learn a lot,” said CCU President David Faust.

“At CCU we believe that serving your neighbor should just be a normal part of life, and this lesson is better learned by hands-on experience rather than just talking about it in the classroom. Sometimes a paintbrush, a broom, or a hammer makes an effective teaching tool.”

The annual project is part of the 40,000 hours a year CCU has documented in service-learning. CCU was recently again named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its outstanding record of community service.

Read this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer.