Doane Students Tackle People's City Mission Project
About 200 first-year Doane students helped the People's City Mission tackle an outdoor renovation project Aug. 26.
The students volunteered as part of campus orientation activities, in conjunction with Doane's Hansen Leadership Program.
Their labor jumpstarted a project that had been on the backburner, said Amy Cink, the mission's volunteer coordinator. The area behind the mission at 110 Q St. was overgrown with weeds. It was unused, save for the informal path where people frequently cut across the property. Because of its location in a floodplain area, building options were limited. So they purchased materials to create a park-like setting for walks, picnics or a few minutes of peace.
The Doane students arrived in Lincoln in buses and spent part of the afternoon clearing weeds, putting down mulch, constructing a walking path and placing benches.
"Everyone here is so excited. The people we assist can have an area to sit in that's peaceful and quiet," Cink said.
People's City Mission has served the Lincoln area for over 100 years. Its mission is to feed and shelter the homeless and impoverished, while sharing and teaching faith.
The project was a first for both Doane and the mission.
It marked the first time Doane's annual first-year student volunteer day took place in Lincoln.
For the mission it was the first time working with a volunteer group of this size.
About 30 additional student volunteers from Doane also helped out at Community Action Partnership in Lincoln the same day.
To see media coverage of the event, go to: http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/article_c84eea15-df60-507c-8969-b4e1eafb9f05.html