Video: Project Serve volunteers make big impact

Thursday, October 7, 2010

  • Project Serve volunteers get messy while painting at the Guelph Youth Music Center. (Greg Beneteau)

    Project Serve volunteers get messy while painting at the Guelph Youth Music Center. (Greg Beneteau)

Written by Greg Beneteau

Sorting items at the local food bank. Painting furniture. Cutting two-by-fours.

University of Guelph students were out in force last Saturday for Project Serve, providing help local service agencies and tackling big jobs.

As part of the annual event, about 350 volunteers spent the morning working on about 20 different projects throughout the city.

At the CSA Food Bank on campus, a half dozen volunteers hauled in several hundred dollars' worth of groceries purchased from a shopping trip.

Food Bank Coordinator Molly McManus told thecannon the extra workers help staff and volunteers keep the cupboards full, which is especially important during the Thanksgiving

Normally a shopping trip of this magnitude might take several hours, she noted. But with many helping hands, the food can be put away within the hour.

"It means there will be even more food on the shelves on Monday," McManus said.

At a construction site on Bagot Street, Project Serve volunteers worked in the rain alongside Habitat for Humanity installing a roof at one of two charity builds. (See video)

At the Guelph Youth Music Center, the sound of pianos and violins provided a background soundtrack as students painted tables and chairs vibrant shades of yellow, green and red.

"I feel like it was a great opportunity to reach out from the community to the rest of the university," said U of G student Katrina Martin.

It's estimated students contributed some 1,200 hours of volunteer assistance during this year's Project Project Serve.

The event began in 1997 and is organized by Student Life at the University of Guelph.


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