Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 23, 2014

BC students participate in ‘Day of Service

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Wednesday was a busy day at the Bluefield Union Mission.

“We’ve been going strong all day long,” Craig Hammond, executive director of the mission said. “We have had people here all day for heating assistance, blankets, warm-up kits, kerosene and more,” he said. “The demand for food has been incredible today, too. With the weather the way it is, you wouldn’t think there would be that many people in here to get a meal, but boy, we’ve had them all day long.”

At 4 p.m. several students from Bluefield College showed up to volunteer doing anything and were immediately pressed into service making ham sandwiches. “Make sure it’s a good-looking sandwich,” Pete Dyer, BC’s men’s soccer coach said.

Members of BC’s men’s soccer team and women’s volleyball team were at the mission, while other volunteers from the college participated in the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Along with the mission, BC volunteers helped out at the Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center, the Saunders House and on the BC campus.

“A central core value of Bluefield College is that ‘We are a compassionate, globally-minded community that serves to transform the world.’ Our intention is to show that compassion every day, but especially today as we serve local non-profit organizations throughout our community,” Dr. David Olive, BC president, stated in a press release announcing the student involvement in the day of service.

Ashlyn VanDyke, 18, of Boone, N.C., a freshman studying exercise science, said that she was involved in community service before coming to BC. “I participated in mission trips with my church,” she said. “I enjoy community service. It’s fun.”

Adam Hern, 19, of Waterloo, Belgium, a student in the BC sports management program, said that he, too, is a supporter of community service projects.

“I think most of the people here have been involved in some kind of community service projects,” Hern said. “I think there are more people who are willing to help than you might think.”

“This day of service is a chance for the college to come together to help out in a good cause,” Dryer said. “This allows the students to experience an opportunity to help others. Hopefully, with motivation like this, the students will be motivated to be involved in more community service in the future.”

The students at the mission packed up scores of ham sandwiches during their visit to the mission.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com