Photo by Jeri Lyn Rogge
“The first shower will take off the chunks, ” said Rebecca, a Union College student, while taking down water-damaged ceiling tiles. “Thankfully, I don’t mind getting messy, ” she added with a laugh. Covered with dust and chunks of old tiles, Rebecca was all smiles. “This is my third time to do Project Impact and my second time to work at Christian Record.”
Project Impact, the annual community service project day hosted by Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts college that is located in the heart of Lincoln. Union College launched its 32nd event by sending students, staff, and alumni to nearly 80 job sites around Lincoln. Christian Record has been a recipient company of Project Impact many times in previous years.
Project Impact, known originally as Project BRUSH (Beautifying Residences Using Student Help), was started in 1981 with the goal of painting 100 houses in Lincoln. After that goal was accomplished, the project day adopted the current name and expanded to include local business and agencies. Students and college faculty spend a morning away from classes doing yard work, painting, cleaning, and other pre-assigned tasks.
This year, a crew of six students weeded and cleaned up flowerbeds, replaced ceiling tiles in the hallways nearest the production department, dug a trench that will be used for a new sprinkler system, and assembled two newly-donated benches for the front garden. At the end of the three-hour work shift, the students were treated to a snack and a tour of the CRSB office.
“I participated in Project BRUSH as a student at Union College, ” said Aaron Rogge, CRSB Information Services Director, “and it is wonderful to know that this tradition continues. There is simply no way we have the time or manpower to get these jobs done. The students come every year to help out and we are very grateful.”
“Project Impact is very important to the community, ” said Larry Pitcher, CRSB President. “We love how Project Impact gets young people into service agencies, schools, libraries, parks and other locations around Lincoln. Many of these students would never have the opportunity to see this side of Lincoln without Project Impact. Christian Record loves being a recipient location each year. In a ministry where everyone pitches in, Christian Record truly appreciates the help of Union College students.”
To learn more about Union College and Project Impact, visit www.unioncollege.edu.
Article by Jeri Lyn Rogge [CRN].