WASHINGTON, PA (September 17, 2012)—Nearly 200 new students at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) were introduced to community service Saturday, thanks to the College’s annual First-Year Day of Service.
First-Year Day of Service is designed to introduce more students, particularly freshmen, to volunteering in the local community. Students worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in the area, including Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mel Blount Youth Home, Greater Washington County Food Bank and Dress for Success.
“First-Year Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for W&J students to connect with their new community. The event allows for students to participate in volunteerism with their classmates and introduces them to the outstanding community organizations,” said Justin Dandoy, director of volunteer programs at W&J. “Because these students are receiving an early introduction to service as part of their college experience, our faculty, staff and students can help them to reflect on this experience and encourage them to make volunteerism an important component of their involvement at W&J and beyond.”
Dandoy said 167 volunteers, including students from 13 first-year seminar classes, participated.