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Published 5/26/2004

Owens Findlay-area Campus Faculty, Staff and Students Assists Local Community During Volunteer Service Week

Owens Community College's Stefanie Orians (left), Enrollment Services Receptionist, and Glenn Rettig, Chair of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, pose momentarily from making their edible creations during Volunteer Service Week. FINDLAY – Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus faculty, staff and students discovered volunteering is as easy as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In fact, that is exactly what several volunteers chose to create while donating their time and talents to improving lives within the local Findlay community.

The peanut butter and jelly table was one of four service stations set up as part of the College’s first-ever Volunteer Service Week. Owens’ volunteer service stations featured an array of interactive projects, benefiting initiatives at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library and the City Mission of Findlay.

“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 the week, Owens faculty, staff and students had 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 did with this program.”

More than 100 volunteers put their creative skills to the test by assembling 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. In addition to preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, individuals decorated pencils and assembled stationary packets for those utilizing the services at the City Mission of Findlay. The weeklong activities generated over 2,000 service projects for the two community organizations.

The volunteer efforts of Owens’ faculty, staff and students occurred in conjunction with the nationwide 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.

“The donations received from Owens’ Volunteer Service Week were a tremendous benefit to our residents,” said Matt Fetrow, Spiritual Director for the City Mission of Findlay. “Their willingness to give of their time and make a difference in the lives others is commendable. The City Mission is very grateful for their generosity.”

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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