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Published 5/19/2005

Owens Findlay-area Campus Improves Lives During Volunteer Service Week

Owens Enrollment Services Representative, Angie McGinnis of Kansas is intently focused on her soon-to-be completed quilt.

FINDLAY – Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus employees and students, and area residents discovered volunteering is as easy as threading a needle and sewing patches of cloth. In fact, that is exactly what several individuals chose as their volunteer service activity, donating their time and talents to improving lives within the surrounding communities. The end result of their masterful stitching was the creation of colorful quilts.

The quilt sewing was one of several service stations set up as part of the College’s second annual Volunteer Service Week. Owens’ volunteer service stations featured an array of interactive projects, benefiting initiatives at 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.

“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. It feels good to give back, and that is exactly what this program is all about.”

In addition to making 20 quilts for Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services, more than 100 volunteers put their creative skills to the test in assembling “Welcome Kits” for residents of the Hope House and back to school supply kits for Wood County children who are abused, neglected or dependent.

(L to R) Owens students' Lindsey Leibfarth of Findlay and Sandy Taylor of Fostoria discuss the next step in their quilt-making process.

Local businesses also played a significant part in Volunteer Service Week activities by donating an assortment of supplies for the event. Among the area organizations were the Quilt Foundry in Maumee and the Crooked Needle in Findlay.

For Owens student Sandy Taylor, who also assisted in organizing the event, the selfless acts of kindness by all the volunteers and businesses was what made this event a huge success. “Knowing that all of these volunteer service projects are going to benefit needy individuals is just a great feeling,” said the Fostoria native and office administration major.

Owens’ Findlay-area Campus volunteer services occurred 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.

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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