|About 200 MTSU freshmen rolled up their sleeves Friday, Sept. 14, at local nonprofits for a hands-on lesson in what servant leadership is all about.
The MTSU Student Government Association and the Leadership and Service Office in partnership with United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties coordinated the second Freshman Day of Service. The event allows students to help various community service organizations by volunteering their time and talents for a half-day.
“We are excited to see our students become engaged in the life of the Murfreesboro community through service,” said Jackie Victory, director of the MTSU Leadership and Service Office. “More than anything else, we want our students to find a connection to MTSU through activities that compliment their field of study.
“By being engaged in MTSU’s programs, they are able to make friends and learn new things that ultimately will cause them to be more successful in the classroom.”
The purpose of the office is to complement traditional academic programs by providing leadership development, service experiences, and exposure to and participation in social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational activities.
Students prepared meals, cleaning, painting, stocking food pantries and much more throughout the community.
"United Way is excited to be able to partner with MTSU on one of its three key engagement strategies — volunteering,” said Meagan Flippin, senior director of marketing at United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. “We value the ability to make an impact and MTSU sets a high standard for investing time and resources into its surrounding community.”
United Way solicits volunteer project needs from its partner agencies then coordinates with MTSU to determine which projects will be offered to students. Locations will vary from year to year, depending on agency needs, Flippin said.