Students from Lewis and Clark Community College speech professor Elizabeth Grant’s class, which meets at N.O. Nelson, are shown volunteering together. The group is dedicated to volunteering in Edwardsville during L&C Cares Volunteer Week.
GODFREY — As a tribute to National Volunteer Week, Lewis and Clark Community College students are preparing for “Lewis and Clark Cares,” a week of volunteering April 13-17.
“L&C Cares is designed to help students connect with community organizations and encourages personal growth and empowerment through community service,” Student Activities Coordinator Jared Hennings said.
Student volunteers will be matched with local organizations, including Riverbend Head Start, Alton Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Senior Services Plus.
YouthBuild Coordinator for Community Services Pat Mays and 15 YouthBuild students will be volunteering April 17-18 with the Madison County Child Advocacy Kids Fair at Alton Square Mall.
“This is our second L&C Cares event,” Hennings said. “Last year, 70 students took part in volunteering at a number of organizations, to make an impressionable difference in the local community. We are looking to make an even bigger impact this year.”
Speech professor Elizabeth Grant’s students have already started volunteering a week early. The class, which meets on the college’s N.O. Nelson campus, is helping with the Senior Citizen Prom at the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville this week.
During L&C Cares Volunteer Week, Grant’s class will help with landscaping and other yard work, drywall installation, siding repair and general labor and cleaning at a Habitat for Humanity house in Edwardsville. The students will also help paint donated furniture, which will be sold at Restore Décor to benefit the Habitat house.
“My students are excited to get involved in good works in the community,” Grant said. “I believe that many of our students come to college with backgrounds in service as they were very busy in high school. If we can continue that energy, or light that spark for someone who has not volunteered in the past, we can change this world locally and beyond.”
For more information about L&C Cares, contact Hennings at (618) 468-6400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.