Staff, faculty, and students here at Union University are taking the day off from classes today but no they wont just be sitting at home instead they will be celebrating their annual day of service.
“Otherwise I could say I have class all day or this or that, and sometimes those are valid but today they just take all that away and say no you don’t go out into the community and do some good,” say students Jenna Wilson and Rachel Kangas.
Around 800 students were a part of 50 projects today volunteering at local schools, churches, and non profits.
After Union faced tornadoes in 2002, 2003, and 2008, and received major community support, the day of service is a way for them to say thank you and give back to the community.
“I think this is a way for union to show their thanks, to show their appreciation for the community with everything that happened 17 years ago with the tornado," say students Jenna Wilson and Rachel Kangas.
But Union University isn't the only one who is grateful today… all the local organization who received a helping hand say unions day of service is something they look forward to every year.
“I'd love to say thank you to union for all the years of service you’ve provided to the boys and girls club, to the youth we serve. Each and every project means more than you can ever imagine because we cant accomplish all that we need to,” says Sabrina Anderson.
This has become a huge tradition here at Union University and one they hope to continue for many years to come.