Student volunteers 'Love on Lynchburg' through gardening
Liberty University’s Community Care Initiative (CCI) held its third annual Love On Lynchburg Day on Saturday, April 16, with more than 200 students volunteering at numerous locations around the city.
More than 60 members of the group focused on preparing the Yoder Community Garden for summer growth by removing weeds and debris.
The garden is part of the Yoder Community Center, the oldest community center in Lynchburg. The Yoder Center offers many activities for the community, including summer camps, an after school program, and programming for various age groups.
Students also volunteered for some construction projects as well as cleanup at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg, Miller Park, and Riverside Park.
“We are grateful to Liberty University and for their contribution of time and hard work to improve conditions in Lynchburg’s parks and garden areas,” said Tamara Reynolds, volunteer coordinator with Lynchburg Parks & Recreation.
CCI provides students an opportunity to go above and beyond the 20 hours per semester that is required of all Liberty students during their sophomore, junior, and senior years through the Christian/Community Service Office.
“The Lord has placed a passion on my heart to not keep my serving just within Liberty University, but to also serve the Lynchburg community,” said sophomore Anna Nokes, a group leader. “I have found a calling to serve those around me and to bring the Gospel to those around us.”
CCI launched in September 2012 and focuses on meeting the short-term, immediate needs of the community. During most weekends each semester, CCI sends out up to eight care teams of 10 students each, all led by students. Liberty responds to requests from residents seeking help for themselves or for their family and friends, and also partners with charitable organizations to help meet needs in the community.
- If you would like to become involved in Liberty’s CCI or have a project need, please contact Dr. Will Honeycutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.