President Barry M. Buxton invites the community to participate in the first annual Lees-McRae College Volunteer Work Day on Thursday, July 29 on the campus in Banner Elk.
Faculty, staff, students, friends of the college and members of the community will join forces for a campus work day where volunteers will paint residence hall rooms, clean out storage spaces, work in the gardens, and beautify the campus.
"We have much work to do! If we all take a day to roll up our sleeves and invest our time in Lees-McRae, we can make a world of difference on this beautiful campus," said President Barry M. Buxton.
Increasing volunteer involvement is a central part of President Buxton's revitalization plan for the College. Thus far, the response has been strong. Brian Webb of Webb Painting has volunteered his staff and supplies for the day to assist with painting residence hall rooms. Donations of paint and other supplies also have been received for the day.
"We'll have well over 100 volunteers on July 29, but we can always use more help," said Buxton. "We want our campus to look the best it can when our students and families arrive in August for the fall semester."
Although July 29 is a day dedicated to campus beautification, volunteer opportunities are abundant across campus throughout the year. "We want to involve volunteers from the community as docents, tour guides, gardeners, librarians, teachers, lecturers and fundraisers," said Buxton. "As you can see, we have something for everyone, depending on the person's area of expertise. The human resources located within a 10-mile radius of the College are extraordinary. We want to be sure we don't miss out of any of these opportunities for community involvement."
Throughout the year, Lees-McRae College students donate more than 8000 volunteer hours to community service. In fact, Lees-McRae was named to the President's National Honor Roll of Service with Distinction in 2009 for community service involvement. With community volunteers working at Lees-McRae, service in the community comes full circle.
To participate in the Volunteer Work Day at Lees-McRae or to learn other ways you can volunteer, contact Abigail Lord at 828.898.8785.
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