MerServe aims to heighten community involvement among students this year by hosting monthly Service Saturdays, which will place student volunteers in contact with local non-profits in need of aid.
The first Service Saturday is to be held Sept. 26 and will take place between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Students who volunteer will organize outside of the Fresh Food Company Saturday morning and will be sent out to various non-profit organizations in Macon.
MerServe is targeting five different organizations for this upcoming Service Saturday: Rebuilding Macon, The Village Green Community Garden, Daybreak, Brave Meadows, and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful.
Those who volunteer for Rebuilding Macon will finish painting a home for a low-income resident while those who travel to the Village Green Community Garden will assist in maintaining the plants there.
Other volunteers will travel to Daybreak, a center for the homeless, or to Brave Meadows, a therapeutic horse riding center. According to their website, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful will use its volunteers to work towards their goal of creating a “cleaner, greener Macon.”
MerServe is hoping to recruit 50-60 student volunteers for the upcoming Service Saturday. Students interested in serving the community through this program can send their inquiries via email to [email protected].
“The board really allows you to reach out, to become engaged, and to blur the lines between Mercer University and the surrounding community,” said Rochelle Heard, Mercer junior and co-chair of MerServe. “We would love to have as many people come out as possible.”