Lipscomb students took some time to give back on the university’s 15th annual Service Day Wednesday afternoon.

Classes were canceled from noon – 4 p.m. to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to choose from over 50 organizations to volunteer at various locations in Nashville. An estimated 900 students took part in the day, which started off with lunch in Allen Arena at noon and then heading out to volunteer for the afternoon.

Freshman Paige Reece volunteered at The Bridge, a non-profit organization that donates essentials like food and clothing to the poor and homeless. Reece’s group spent time at the facility sorting clothes and cleaning the warehouse.

“My favorite part was realizing all the different ways we can serve the Nashville community,” Reece said. “It was more different than I thought it would be but such a cool experience.”

Sophomore Savannah Campbell went to Blakeford nursing home to play bingo and spend time with the residents. She said a highlight of her time volunteering was meeting President Lowry’s father.

“He was so sweet and so happy to see us,” Campbell said, adding, “and so proud when we told him we knew his son.”

When asked what her favorite part of the experience was, Campbell said she enjoyed the whole day in general.

“It was so much fun. I’d love to go back and volunteer again next year.”

Junior Rebecca Shannon personally lead a group with her social club Delta Omega and took a group of students to Rocketown, a youth outreach facility in Downtown Nashville. The social club has a history with Rocketown, going there in past years for service projects.

“I love going to Rocketown because of the relationship Delta Omega has with the organization,” Shannon said. “It goes back to the founders of the club. They always love having us and trust us to do what they say right and efficiently.”

The group accomplished an assortment of tasks during their time at Rocketown, from painting benches to hanging items. Shannon said she thought the experience was really fun.

“I really enjoy working with girls in my social club by going out in the community to serve. It was a great way to bond and learn about each others’ gifts.”

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Cluck

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