(October 18, 2017) – On Saturday, October 14, more than 400 students, faculty and staff gathered in the crisp, morning hours to participate in Treasure Savannah, Armstrong’s biannual day of service in Savannah and Hinesville.
As volunteers signed in and settled on the steps of Student Union, Interim President Jennifer Frum took to the mic and addressed bright faces among a sea of maroon and gold.
“This fall marks the 7th year of Treasure Savannah,” she said to the crowd. “I’m proud that people in Savannah and Hinesville will experience what I see happening every day on this campus. You are a remarkable student body devoted to acts of kindness, leadership and teamwork.”
Following, students boarded a fleet of yellow school buses waiting to take them to one of six service sites, including Hoofs 4 Healing, Liberty Humane Shelter and The Salvation Army.
For several students, listening to the personal story of Salvation Army warehouse manager Anthony Dixon, a former convict who now advises Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on ways to help convicts re-enter society, was inspiring. Others, like first-year Venezuelan student Ana Rodriguez, who led a team of five volunteers and sorted thousands of clothes hangers, found the work meaningful as she utilized leadership skills learned in Armstrong’s Nick Mamalakis Emerging Leaders Program.
While the university’s assistant director of the Office of Career Services Crystal Goode folded Salvation Army clothing donations she touched on the link between volunteerism and personal growth.
“Work outside the classroom helps you explore different interests and identify your passion,” she said. “It also shows that you can work with a team of people and accomplish a goal.”
Phi Mu and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority sisters spent the day in a midtown neighborhood to serve local families and the places they treasure most: their homes. Carefully stabilizing ladders for one another, the sorority sisters alternated turns painting high spots in powder blue paint and carefully outlining windows and house numbers.
By the day’s end the young women, splashed by threads of paint, felt good about putting others before themselves. It brought them closer, they said.
“We are a united campus,” noted President Frum. “United by values of service to others, compassion, respect for others, respect for diversity and civility.”