With hunger a persistent problem in Buncombe County and Western North Carolina, the annual Warren Wilson College Service Day on Aug. 23 will focus on food security for the fourth consecutive year.
On that date, more than 370 new students, student leaders, faculty and staff from Warren Wilson will travel to 21 project sites in Asheville, Black Mountain and Swannanoa. Most of the hands-on work with College partners, ranging from school and community gardens to food banks, will be done from about 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“For new students, this day is an opportunity to get to know their new community and learn from the people and experiences that are part of their new home in WNC,” Dean of Service Cathy Kramer said. “This lays the groundwork for student service over their next four years.”
Service Day introduces new Warren Wilson students – freshmen and transfer students alike – to the college’s service program launched more than half a century ago. The program calls upon each undergraduate student to make a strong commitment to civic engagement as a graduation requirement. In recent years, the college’s roughly 900 undergraduates have contributed nearly 50,000 hours of service to community annually.