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Published 4/13/2005

Owens Findlay-area Campus Assists Local Community During Volunteer Service Week, April 26-28

Owens Community College faculty, staff and students, and area residents 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 26-28.

The second annual Volunteer Service Week will feature a variety of interactive projects, benefiting several area programs and their outreach initiatives. Among the organizations include the Hope House in Findlay, Hancock County's Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, and the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the various volunteer events and activities occurring at the College's Findlay-area Campus Atrium, which is located on 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 Lindsey Krout, Owens Part-time Enrollment Services Advisor. "Volunteering is an important facet of a person's life. Throughout the week, individuals will have the opportunity to take time and lend a helping hand through selfless acts of kindness. 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 26, with the Findlay-area Campus creating several Volunteer Service Stations in the College Atrium. From 4-7 p.m., individuals will be able to choose an activity located at each designated station. The Volunteer Service Stations will have information regarding the specific projects, as well as the organizations that will benefit from the generosity.

Volunteer activities featured at the specific stations will include making quilts for Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, creating 30 "Welcome Kits" for residents of the Hope House, and assembling 30 back to school supply kits for Wood County children who are abused, neglected or dependent.

The Volunteer Service Stations will also be available for individuals to volunteer their time Wednesday-Thursday, April 27-28, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Donations are currently being accepted for Owens' Volunteer Service Week. Items needed are basic function small calculators, pencils, erasers, scissors, backpacks, cotton fabric remnants, packages of loose-leaf notebook paper, compasses, protractors, boxes of Kleenex's, postcard stamps and pocket calendars for the 2005-06 academic year, among other donations.

Owens' Findlay-area Campus volunteer services 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 award ceremonies recognizing millions of the nation's volunteers for their outstanding contributions to their communities over the past year.

For more information, contact the Findlay-area Campus' Enrollment Services Office at (567) 661-3509 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3509

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new 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, and 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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