Community Engagement at WSSU

New Rams Learn What It Means to Serve Others

More than 900 freshmen in the Winston-Salem State University class of 2020 participated in 15 Let's Gocommunity service projects across the city of Winston-Salem August 19 to aid organizations serving thousands of needy people across the city.

The community service projects activities were coordinated through Project GIVE (Getting Involved {through} Volunteer Experiences), the volunteer service program of WSSU that matches members of the campus community with non-profit organizations and their service programs. The activities were part of the university’s week-long fall orientation program known as Ramdition.

“I felt really good to know I was helping others who don’t have what we have,” said Natalie Thorne, a freshman from Fayetteville, N.C., who plans to major in nursing. Thorne helped with packaging food for the Stop Hunger Now program.

Paje Addison, a freshman from Greensboro, N.C., helped supervise the children who attended the Fun Day activity in the Donald Julian Reaves Center gymnasium.

“It was great seeing the smiles on the children’s faces,” Addison said. She hopes to major in physical therapy.

“My group helped clean up various parts of the campus,” said JaKobi Kirby, of High Point, N.C. “I liked the idea of cleaning up around campus. It helped me learn my way around and learn about different parts of the campus I was unfamiliar with. It was a journey I enjoyed.” Kirby plans to major in exercise science.

Students working to aid the Pet Food Pantry of the Forsyth Humane Society packed 186 bags of food, which equated to more than 900 pounds of food for needy animals in the community. More than 20 students spent their time at Simon’s Green Acre weeding vegetable and flower beds, as well as planting for the coming season.Tiling the Soil

The project was a huge undertaking for Ynez Berg-Jones, a junior marketing major from New York, who coordinated the community service day.

“Coordinating this project was such a great experience for me. I valued working closely with the administration as well as the student body to create action-oriented activities for the incoming freshmen. I feel really good about the outcome. We contributed to our Winston-Salem State University community and local businesses that support our community,” Berg-Jones said. “The most memorable experience was seeing the results and knowing that the project was a success. Giving back to others through service is always a great honor and I'm grateful that I could assist the community in this way."

Through collaborative efforts across campus, the University Staff Senate collected enough school supplies to benefit more than 100 local elementary school students. Items were distributed to local youth from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, W.R. Anderson Recreational Center, and several surrounding churches and youth organizations.

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