ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students joined with members of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church recently to do their part in the Great Day of Service. The community service project is conducted twice annually to provide assistance where it’s needed.
“The partner sites were very pleased with the character of the students, and how they presented themselves as cheerful, helpful and wanting to better our community,” says Davis & Elkins Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Kevin Starcher. “They were thankful for the opportunity to serve and they worked hard.”
More than 90 participants, including 21 Davis & Elkins students, were divided into teams which helped with landscaping and cleanup on the grounds of the Kump House, prepared a disabled couple’s garage for painting, assisted in collecting items for electronic recycling, and cleared limbs and debris from areas around the Randolph County Humane Society. Another team prepared and packed 350-plus lunches at DMPC.
“The entire day was an amazing experience to give back to the community,” says Ty-Chon Montemoino, a sophomore and president of the Gamma Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi, who along with his fraternity brothers, provided service at the Humane Society.
The fraternity is making plans to return to the RCHS and other sites in the community.
“We will go anywhere and everywhere we can make a difference,” Montemoino says.
The Great Day of Service was initiated by DMPC a few years ago and participation has continued to grow. Starcher says the next event will take place in September.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.