Adams State students reach out to the community

(10-29-2008)

Adams State College students spent a Saturday volunteering throughout the San Luis Valley community during ASC Cares Day on October 4.

"For the ninth consecutive year, the ASC Cares Volunteer Fair and Cares Day Community Plunge brought campus and community together for good," said Shirely Atencio, campus minister. "Although the weather was blustery and threatening rain, volunteers showed up at their assigned start times ready to work."

According to Atencio, there were 19 projects completed by 146 ASC students, faculty and staff plus about 55 youth & staff members with the Mi Animo Mentoring program. "This amounted to over 800 volunteer hours of service," she said.

Work ranged from demolition at a Habitat for Humanity worksite by Student Support Services, to clean-up along the Rio Grande River by the newly formed Adams State EARTH club, which yielded about 25 bags of trash.

Marty Asplin with the Del Norte Trails Organization expressed appreciation for the 12 Newman Club students who he said, "...were not just a big help, but also fun." The students worked hard on a trail up Lookout Mountain.

This year, ASC Cares Day Community Plunge, allowed campus organizations to design their own project. The Adams State volleyball team offered a free volleyball clinic at the Alamosa Boys and Girls Club along with free admission to their home match that evening.

"While some projects were more successful than others, the morning was time well spent and accomplished the goals of short-term service and community engagement," Atencio said. "The hope is that some of these projects will lead to more ongoing involvement."

At the conclusion of the event, volunteers were rewarded with a celebration barbecue back on the ASC campus. Speakers included Dean of Students Ken Marquez, AS&F President Craig Salmon, Derrick Jones, campus minister, and Rick Esquibel, with the Mi Animo Mentoring program. All expressed appreciation and challenged volunteers to continue the spirit of service into the future.

On October 1, the Volunteer Fair welcomed non-profits from around the area to campus where they hosted informational booths and recruited volunteers.

ASC Cares 2008 was planned by a committee of campus and community volunteers and coordinated by the Offices of United Campus Ministry and Housing and Residence Life. Cosponsors of the event were Associated Students and Faculty, Grizzly Activities Board, Student Life, Student Support Services, and the Mi Animo Mentoring Program.

"Special thanks to Rodney Martinez and Facilities Services, Sodexho, and Skiballs," Atencio said.

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