Over 150 volunteers convened in MacDonald Dining Hall on the morning of July 29 for the first Lees-McRae College Volunteer Work Day. Volunteers spent the day painting residence hall rooms, cleaning classrooms and offices, working in the gardens, and beautifying the campus in preparation for the arrival of students for the fall semester.
“Our first Volunteer Day has been a great success. It’s amazing what a little paint and ‘elbow grease’ can do!” said Lees-McRae College President Barry M. Buxton.
Volunteers included alumni, members of the community, trustees, faculty, staff, a group of students from the American Jewish League, and a 17-member professional paint crew provided by Webb Painting. Behr Paint, with assistance of Home Depot, donated 175 gallons of paint for residence halls, and lunch was provided for the volunteers by ARAMARK Dining Service.
“We owe the success of the day to our dedicated volunteers and sponsors,” said President Buxton. “It was certainly a group effort. Several volunteers asked when we would do Volunteer Day again! We really appreciate all of the hard work.”
After a long day of hard work, it was clear to all involved that the spirit of service is alive and well at Lees-McRae College. Annually, Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff perform over 8,000 hours of community service on campus and in the community.
“We are so fortunate to have so many friends and colleagues who do not mind rolling their sleeves up for a hard day’s work. Our work day was a huge success because people believe in the power of this place and the important work we do to provide a liberal arts education to our students,” said Selena Hilemon, director of community outreach.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Lees-McRae College, contact Abby Lord at (828) 898-3523.