Mertz Center sponsors recent work day

Huntington University students Crista Rittenhouse (left) and Kari Vincent paint shelving at The Dan Quayle Center during the school's spring work day on April 18.
Photo provided.

Huntington University's Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service sponsored Spring Work Day on April 18.

Twenty-six teams comprised of 213 students, three faculty and three staff completed work projects at 17 sites in Huntington. Sites and tasks included:

• Victory Noll: landscape work, walking with the sisters and reading to them.

• Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County: removing a stick pile, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, helping with recycling, hanging up posters and inflating gym balls.

• Dan Quayle Center: spring cleaning the grounds.

• Forks of the Wabash: doing outside work, raking and storm clean-up.

• Huntington Church of the Brethren: cleaning the church.

• Huntington County Council of Aging: distributing packets to elderly neighbors.

• Huntington County Solid Waste: cleaning up litter at the Huntington Reservoir and recycling site.

• Huntington Head Start: landscape work, door repair and painting.

• Kids Kampus: sanitizing playground equipment and cleaning classrooms.

• Life Church: painting exterior, landscaping and organizing classrooms.

• Love INC: assisting with a roadblock.

• Miller's Merry Manor: raking leaves and doing other outside work.

• Pathfinder Services: painting and doing yard work.

• Huntington County American Red Cross: cleaning vehicles.

• Salamonie Nature Center: gardening and cleaning up trails.

• Salamonie Reservoir: doing litter cleanup and cleaning up trails.

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA: closet cleaning.

"Overall I have heard positive comments about Spring Work Day this year," said Laura Groth, program coordinator for the Joe Mertz Center and a junior elementary education major from Winchester.

"The sites were very excited and thankful for all the work the students completed. I hope the students will continue to have a heart for service even though Spring Work Day is over. There are always opportunities to help the community in which we live."