As students return, Coe will be "Flooding the City with Service"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2008-08-19 08:41:54 - General

"Flooding the City with Service" is the theme for Coe's community service activities for the 2008-2009 school year, planned in response to June's devastating floods. Organized by Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership Mandi McReynolds, members of the Coe community will be working on a regular basis at multiple sites from now through spring.

Coe has established a goal to provide nearly 8,000 hours of community service during this school year. The purpose of the initiative is to increase the involvement of Coe faculty, students, staff and alumni in community flood relief efforts.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, more than 360 first-year students will be working on projects in the Cedar Rapids area as part of new student orientation, including:

  • Mucking/gutting five to seven houses in the Cedar Rapids area
  • Assisting with the H.D. Youth Center Back-to-School Event
  • Restoring the Indian Creek Nature Trail
  • Painting houses with BRIGHTEN in the Mound View Neighborhood
  • Assisting CSPS in restoring their organization's office

Other service projects have been scheduled for Labor Day Weekend and throughout the fall. The college is also sponsoring an Alternative Fall Break to help with flood relief efforts in Waverly, Iowa.

Recovery response
Despite sustaining damage from June's floodwaters, Coe has provided hundreds of overnight stays in its dormitories and apartments since mid-June, and is making office and meeting space available to organizations affected by the flood.

The college has made Sinclair Auditorium available for the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra to hold several performances this season. Several other performing arts groups are currently finalizing plans to utilize Sinclair Auditorium and other campus facilities for their performances as needed in the coming months.