By: Gillian Sanner, Andrews University News & Adventist Review, courtesy Adventist Review
Students attending Andrews University, a Seventh-day Adventist University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States, impacted hundreds by painting a mural at a nearby arts and communication academy last September. The activity was part of the university’s first “Change Day,” an annual service day where students, faculty, and staff are invited to give back to the community through acts of service.
“Our mission at Andrews University is to seek knowledge, affirm faith, and change the world,” said organizers. “What better place to start change than at home?”
Andrews organized a variety of activities, including painting, yard work, cleaning, demolishing, and pressure washing. Then they asked volunteers to sign up in one of the projects. The school provided food, transportation, and T-shirts.
It was not a walk in the park, however. Before the event, organizers asked people signing up to come ready to work. “All volunteers should come ready to serve their community in clothes they do not mind getting dirty,” they said. In its first edition, 1,600 students, faculty, and staff served in 63 sites across Berrien County.