Brown, Scene Editor
to serve; Twice a week, PLU sophomore James Lehman '04 takes
his studies down the road from campus to Parkland's James Sales
and his "Little Buddy," fifth-grader SpiritWind One
Road, read, talk and Lehman helps SpiritWind with his homework.
fun having him around to help," said SpiritWind.
done a great job setting up this program," said Lehman.
"It's been a great experience working with SpiritWind.
I've learned a lot about myself, how it's rewarding to work
just one of dozens of students serving in the After School Enrichment
Program and the America Reads tutoring program. And those programs
represent just a fraction of the ways PLU reaches out to the
people who make their homes in the university's back yard. An
important part of PLU's mission is educating for lives of service,
and many students, faculty and staff put that into action every
day by finding ways to serve their university and their community.
can participate in either program as a part of their Work-Study
employment or as volunteers. ASEP, created in 1983 by PLU education
professor emeritus Helmi Owens, matches PLU students with elementary
school students. Also known as the "Big Buddy/Little Buddy"
program, it gives children a chance to work one-on-one with
a PLU mentor.
Reads trains students to go into the classroom to teach first-through
third-graders reading skills.
amazing to see how the PLU students get as much out of their
service work as the children they are helping," said Sigrun
Freeman, who coordinates programs for the PLU Center for Public
Service. "Students end up loving the kids they work with
and realizing they can make a difference. They get hooked."
for Public Service leads the way
Established in 1993, the Center for Public Service became a
natural bridge between PLU and East Campus, which houses programs
offering services ranging from health clinics for babies to
continuing education for senior citizens.
developed into a real link between PLU and the community,"
said Oney Crandall, director of the Center for Public Service.
"Developing the Center has really allowed us to connect
students, staff and faculty with opportunities to meet needs
on many different levels."
TAKING CHARGE: Coleen Lorenz (LEFT) and Jenny Peck,
Volunteer Center co-directors.
the former Parkland Elementary School at the corner of Pacific
Avenue and 121st Street South, houses a coalition of independent
and PLU-run service programs. Three are run directly by PLU:
The Marriage and Family Therapy Center, the Wellness Center
and Second Wind, which provides continuing education for seniors.
The remaining space is rented to organizations like the Franklin
Pierce School District's Head Start program for low-income preschoolers.
does a lot more than just rent out space," said Crandall.
"East Campus is one of PLU's ways of reaching out to the
In addition to its links with East Campus, the Center for Public
Service works to promote community service among PLU faculty
and staff through its Volunteer Center and in cooperation with
student organizations like the Diversity Center and ASPLU.
trying to show how you can learn about people and the world
around you through service-in a way you can't do in the classroom,"
Crandall said. "By engaging in service, you are engaged
with people that have a different perspective."
a pastor with Faith Partnerships, raves about the work PLU and
the Center for Public Services's Freeman have done. Mach wanted
to find a site in the Parkland/Spanaway area to hold a Back
to School Supply Carnival, and Freeman enlisted community members,
churches and schools to help. In its second year the carnival,
which is held at Spanaway Elementary School, provided more than
4,000 children with pencils, crayons, rulers and other school
supplies. Two carnivals are already scheduled in the area for
as well as the people she works with, are catalysts to service
in the Parkland/Spanaway community," Mach said. "What
they do has a significant impact."
grow through giving
believes service, especially when it is accompanied by deliberate,
thoughtful reflection (often called "service-learning"),
creates an immense change in students-especially in their understanding
of, and connection with, the world around them.
themselves are the best recruiters. Colleen Lorenz '02 and Jenny
Peck '04 find opportunities for those who want to help. They
head PLU's student-run Volunteer Center.
"The PLU student body is very busy," said Peck, who
is also a resident assistant. "It's our job to show them
how rewarding and easy volunteering is."
years with a Youth Ministry band, Peck came back to PLU in September,
and found herself an excellent fit with Colleen Lorenz, a sociology
major in her second year with the Volunteer Center, who sees
her job as a way to put her commitment to service learning into
practice. Lorenz and Peck are the perfect mix-both one part
attentive listener, one part enthusiastic leader.
PRESENT DAY: Center for Public Service program
specialist Sigrun Freeman wraps gifts at the East Campus
been very exciting to see more and more students, as well as
faculty, getting involved, " Lorenz said. "They are
seeing the connection to the community, and the fact they do
what we've done-learn through work."
Center works as both a resource and leadership office. With
more than 100 agencies on file, the Volunteer Center provides
information about specific volunteer opportunities for students,
faculty, and staff.
also organizes community service projects throughout the year,
including the annual East Campus Christmas Party, which distributes
gifts to about 140 children from low-income families.
is the only present many of these children will have,"
Freeman said at the most recent party. "Many of these families
can't afford Christmas."
Center also runs the Volunteer Fair, held in early September,
which brings between 30 and 50 agencies to campus to recruit
students. Into the Streets, held later that same month, sends
students into the community to work for a day. Hunger and Homelessness
week, held in mid-November, provides educational awareness of
poverty issues through forums and other campus activities. Early
this month, the Center sponsored Service in Action week. The
week of various service activities culminated in ARROW day,
a carnival-like event that raises money for one specific local
agency. This year, the Children's Museum of Tacoma benefited.
trying to show students that there are a lot of rewarding volunteer
opportunities all year long that don't take a huge time commitment,"
Peck said. "Everyone is working together to get the message
out that community service is an important and rewarding activity,"
Crandall said volunteers get as much-or more-out of giving their
time as the recipients of their help.
is a part of PLU's way of thinking, and it's rewarding to see
so many of PLU's people serving the community," Crandall
said. "It's a profound way to better understand others,
and to better understand yourself."