Siloam Springs, Ark (August 19, 2000) - On Saturday, August 19, 400-500 John Brown University students will invade Siloam Springs wielding shovels, paint brushes, ladders and lots of energy. The Sixth Annual Day of Caring put students to work on projects beneficial to the city and its residents and provides the opportunity for students to work together and contribute to the community in which they live, work and study. The Day of Caring is part of the fall semester student orientation on the JBU campus to help students become involved in the Siloam Springs community.
Becci Rothfuss, Associate Dean of Students said, "The Day of Caring is a special part of our fall orientation. After six years, the support of the Siloam Springs community for this event is incredible. This year approximately 400-500 JBU participants, including new and returning students, faculty and staff will participate. Although we designed this event for new students more and more returning students, faculty and staff want to be involved."
Working closely with the City Director, Director of Parks and Recreations and the Director of Siloam Springs Housing Authority, Rothfuss coordinated projects students are able to start and complete in one afternoon. These projects include painting, planting, completing minor repairs and construction in the parks and downtown areas of Siloam. In addition, student groups work closely helping elderly individuals around the area whose home may need minor repairs, painting or cleaning.
This year’s Day of Caring project sites throughout the Siloam Springs area include: Head Start Program, Siloam Springs Middle School, Pleasant Valley Youth Ranch, The Manna Center, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center, Downtown Main Street, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Koala Park, Siloam Springs Museum, and the United Way just to name a few.