6th Annual Project Serve to Send 1,300 Volunteers from University of Mobile to 80 Locations

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UM Project Serve set for Friday, Sept. 23

MOBILE, Ala. – What happens when 1,300 people take a day away from work and school to volunteer at 80 locations in their community? A lot of good happens – if the day is Project Serve and the volunteers are University of Mobile students, faculty and staff.

This year, University of Mobile will hold its sixth annual Project Serve campus-wide day of volunteer service on Friday, Sept. 23.

After a 7:30 a.m. rally on campus, UM volunteers will spread out to 60 locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties to volunteer however they are needed – from painting signs for city parks to tutoring children at schools, from giving manicures and blood pressure checks to singing favorite hymns with residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

The university is using #ProjectServe16 and #BeKnown to share experiences and photographs of the day through social media. Information about Project Serve and service projects is at umobile.edu/projectserve.

Project Serve is a university-wide effort to celebrate volunteerism, community and faith. Students serve side-by-side with their professors, coaches and university staff for the purpose of sharing God’s love through the skills and knowledge they are gaining in the classroom.

Since its inception in 2011 during the university’s 50th anniversary, Project Serve has impacted businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, city parks and countless individuals.

One of the many projects this year has students in the College of Arts and Sciences working on a landscaping project at Light of the Village, where 2011 UM graduate Morgan Carnley serves as volunteer coordinator and college and career counselor.

Carnley started volunteering at Light of the Village when she was a UM student, and she discovered a passion for working with inner-city youth in Mobile. Carnley was recognized in 2015 in Mobile Bay Magazine’s Forty Under 40, a listing of outstanding young community leaders.

Carnley said she is looking forward to working with students and faculty from her alma mater.

“Work like ours can’t continue without a strong volunteer base, and it can’t grow without willing, young leaders. We are thankful to University of Mobile for sharing their top-notch students and leaders with us year after year,” Carnley said.

She said in addition to the yearly day of service, UM students volunteer as tutors twice a week throughout the year.

Service projects for 2016 Project Serve include:

  • singing at 24 assisted living centers and nursing homes, including the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette
  • cleaning and landscaping at historic Africatown welcome center and cemetery
  • delivering school supplies to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital
  • working on a Habitat for Humanity home
  • landscaping, cleaning, washing vehicles and office work at Dumas Wesley Community Center
  • volunteering at schools including Saraland and Satsuma high schools; Clark-Shaw Middle School; Tanner Williams, Dodge, Daphne, Ella Grant, John Will and Chickasaw elementary schools; North Mobile Christian School, and The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind, among others.

School of Nursing students will be at Little Sisters of the Poor, volunteering to wash laundry, work in the beauty parlor giving manicures, taking blood pressures and weights; a Student Life group will volunteer with residents at L/Arche, and the Bedsole Library staff and students will be at the Ronald McDonald House.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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