MISHAWAKA—Bethel has hosted an annual Service Day since 1988, with the exception of 2020, when COVID-19 complications prevented it from occurring. This is the thirty-second year of the tradition, which will take place on Sept. 28. This is an opportunity for Bethel students to help many organizations in our community, such as the Potowatomi Zoo with packing candy for the zoo’s upcoming Zoo Boo event, or St. Patrick’s County Park, helping with trail maintenance. Whoever in the community needs help, Bethel students are ready to serve.
Jessica Lyons, the career development program manager and Service Day coordinator, said this is a great chance for students to connect with individuals beyond school.
“It’s the one day of the year that all of campus can come together to engage with life outside of Bethel,” Lyons said. “We get to see what God’s doing in our community and in our neighbors.”
There are over 40 organizations who Bethel will be helping this year. These activities can include cleaning up trash, cleaning windows, pulling weeds, helping spread mulch on a playground and moving tables and benches.
Many of the organizations that Bethel University helps on Service Day are grateful for the assistance from so many students and faculty members who want to genuinely make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering their time and patience.
“We hope that practicing service makes Christ’s commands to love one another more real,” Lyons said.
Close-toed shoes and long pants are recommended to wear on Bethel’s Service Day. Bring a long-sleeved layer for the jobs that are outdoors. Masks are highly recommended for those students who are not vaccinated. Students who are vaccinated should bring a mask for indoor activities, and everyone should be ready to have a great day filled with fun and service.