The WCU student body continues to face many challenges as COVID-19 takes its toll on the world. This virus has changed perspectives and outlooks, much like Sep. 11, 2001, did for many citizens. Coming up on the 20th anniversary of this tragic event, one organization has taken it upon itself to organize an event to celebrate the dedication of current and past service members.
The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is hosting a series of service projects for the 9/11 Day of Service. Some of the projects will include a roadside cleanup, making cards for veterans and active soldiers, and various projects at Equinox Ranch, Catman2, and United Christian Ministries.
There will be a group of students arranging 3000 American flags on the UC lawn in remembrance of the fallen from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 11.
The Student Veteran Association will also be making care baskets for first responder units in the surrounding counties.
The organization is expecting many students to volunteer due to the emotional connection to the event. Military Student Services, Educational Outreach, Health and Wellness, Student Government Association, Staff Senate, and the Chancellor have contributed to the creation of this event to honor those who have passed away or dedicated their lives to service.
“The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between the campus and the wider community,” Jennifer Cooper, a staff member of the organization, said. “We help students, faculty, and staff find opportunities to volunteer and to engage in service-learning projects and connect community groups with university members who can help them.” Past service-learning projects have included working with civilians who are disabled, constructing houses and working in gardens.
These 9/11 service events will take place on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Students are required to pre-register on Engage due to COVID-19 capacity regulations. More information can be found on the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning’s website.