REDDING, Calif.— About 115 Simpson University students, staff, and faculty partnered to help community organizations during the university’s 14th annual Day of Service on Sept. 22.
The Day of Service is a start-of-the-year tradition at Simpson, where fall classes for traditional undergraduate students begin the day after Labor Day.
Participants met on campus at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome and instructions, then carpooled to multiple locations in Shasta County: Triple Creek Horse Ranch, Volonte Park, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Exodus Farms, Good News Rescue Mission, Heritage Roasting Co., Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center, and Turtle Bay Nursery.
Participants helped with a variety of tasks, including event setup, trash pickup, deep cleaning, organizing, yard work, general chores, gardening, stocking clothes, and painting.
President Norm Hall, participating in his first Day of Service, encouraged those gathered at the cross on campus before they divided into teams.
“Today we get to get our hands dirty; we get to serve,” he said. “We get to do the stuff of Jesus. We get to be the hands and feet of Christ. So let’s go out and have fun and give all the glory to the Lord, and let’s be transformed by it.”
Dr. Hall visited multiple site locations throughout the morning with Dannielle Stahly, assistant director of spiritual formation and organizer of the Day of Service.
“The Day of Service is a great opportunity to get Simpson into the community,” Stahly said. “We are part of an incredibly strong and caring community. It is a joy to partner with and serve organizations that are serving our neighbors year-round.”
Photos by Holly Kiker, Chyna Xiong, and Daisy Rodriguez / SU Marketing
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its 30th year in Redding in 2019. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.