By Sarah Waller
On April 13, more than 400 students and others will travel from the Samford University campus to serve the Birmingham community for the annual university-wide service initiative Samford Gives Back.
Organized by Samford's Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and Omicron Delta Kappa national service fraternity, Samford Gives Back mobilizes students, faculty and staff to the serve.
Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement Janna Pennington hopes that the program will provide exposure for students to learn about the community and ways they can serve beyond Saturday.
"Programs like Samford Gives Back give students the opportunity to experience life outside of the Samford gates and see how they can plug into the Birmingham community," Pennington said.
Senior sociology major Taylor Bell is working with Pennington to coordinate the day of service. Bell encourages leaders to keep the program's mission in mind.
"An important aspect of Samford Gives Back is to discover the countless and unique ways in which God is at work within Birmingham," Bell said. "It is about accepting the invitation to see and join in God's work for the day."
Students will meet in Samford's Pete Hanna Center at 8 a.m. Saturday for registration, breakfast and a devotional. They will leave for their work sites by 8:45 a.m.
For more information about Samford Gives Back and continuing opportunities to serve the community, visit samford.edu/slce.
Sarah Waller is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.