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Published 4/22/2004
Owens Findlay-area Campus Assists Local Community During Volunteer Service Week, April 26- 30

FINDLAY - Owens Community College faculty, staff and students will be donating their time and talents to improving lives and strengthening the local community as the Findlay-area Campus hosts Volunteer Service Week, April 26-30.

The first-ever Volunteer Service Week will feature an array of interactive projects, which will benefit initiatives at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the City Mission of Findlay. Area residents are encouraged to participate in the various volunteer events and activities occurring at the College's Findlay-area Campus, which is located at the corner of Cory and Davis streets.

"Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus is proud to collaborate with the local community organizations and personally affect the lives of those who are truly in need," said Dr. Jodi Devine, Owens Enrollment Services Advisor. "Volunteering is an important facet of a person's life. Throughout this coming week, Owens faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to take time and lend a helping hand through selfless acts of kindness."

Devine added, "It feels good to give back, and that is exactly what the Owens Findlay-area Campus is doing with this program."

Volunteer activities will commence on Tuesday, April 27, with the Findlay-area Campus creating several Volunteer Service Stations in the College Atrium. From 4-8 p.m., individuals will be able to choose an activity located at each designated station. The Volunteer Service Station will have information regarding the specific projects, as well as the individuals who will benefit from the generosity.

Volunteer activities featured at the specific stations will include creating craft packets for arts projects, cutting out materials for bulletin boards and decorating bookmarks - all in support of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library's SummeRead Program. Volunteers also will be preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, decorating pencils and assembling stationary packets for those utilizing the services at the City Mission of Findlay.

The Volunteer Service Stations will be available for Owens faculty, staff and students to volunteer their time on Wednesday, April 28, from 12-3 p.m. and on Thursday, April 29, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the College Atrium.

Owens' Findlay-area Campus will culminate its volunteerism efforts by picking up trash and debris as part of the Hancock County Commissioners' Adopt-A-Road Program on Friday, April 30. The College has adopted a two-mile portion of Bright Road, which is adjacent to the new Findlay-area Campus. Ironically, Owens chose to adopt Bright Road prior to choosing the site for the future state-of-the-art educational facility. Volunteers are scheduled to meet in the College's Atrium at 2 p.m.

The volunteer efforts of Owens' faculty, staff and students will be occurring one week after the nationwide event titled National Volunteer Week. During National Volunteer Week, which began in 1974, organizations of all types host awards ceremonies recognizing millions of the nation's volunteers for their outstanding contributions to their communities over the past year.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact the College's Enrollment Services Office at (567) 429-3509.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four- year college or university.


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