There is no custom code to display.

There is no custom code to display.

More than 600 Berry students will volunteer in Floyd County Saturday

September 6, 2019–7:50 a.m.


More than 600 new Berry College students will participate in service projects Saturday in Rome and Floyd County for the college’s annual First-Year Service Day.

Both first-year and transfer students participate with their first-year seminar instructors and their First-Year Mentors, experienced Berry students who help to teach the class.

“An important tradition at Berry, First-Year Service Day is intended to introduce students to the Rome and Floyd County community while also strengthening bonds among classmates.  Equally important, the day helps to introduce new students to the culture of service at the heart of Berry’s mission,” said Katherine Powell, director of the Office of First-Year Experience.

Malik LeBlanc, a sophomore business student, worked with community partners this summer to find a service project for all 37 First-Year Seminar classes.  Projects range from washing dogs and building a puppy gym at PAWS to clearing brush at historic Zuber cemetery to hosting a singalong for residents at Brookdale Senior Living.  Two groups will be working under the direction of Associate of Art Professor Brad Adams to paint a public mural under the second avenue walking bridge.

A full list of organizations and projects follows.

Organization Task
Action Ministries-Rome Helping at Food Pantry
American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
Angel Express clean and organize
Antioch Cemetery Clear brush
Arrowhead Environmental Education Center TBA
Berry College Middle School Garden work, harvesting, mulching, weeding
Brookdale Senior Living Music, ice-cream with residents
Chieftains Museum clean up grounds and garden
Community Kitchen food prep and cleaning facility
CRBI Trail clean up
Davies Homeless Shelter Work at South Meadow Garden
End Slavery GA yard maintenance, help with office tasks
Floyd County Master Gardeners fall clean up of ECO garden
Floyd County Schools (Fine Arts) organize costumes for theatre department
Habitat for Humanity cleaning, painting, reorganizing
Harbor House indoor and outdoor work
Homestead Hospice crafts with elderly hospice patients
Hospitality House hospitality house thrift store.  Organizing and cleaning
Keep Rome Beautiful Paint Mural on river walk
Living Proof Recovery greenhouse and garden work
Mercy Care Light cleaning inside and outside
Myrtle Hill cleaning monuments and light landscaping
Nature Conservancy trail maintenance, parking lot installation, and invasive species removal.
Network Day Service Center, Inc. put out pine straw and pressure wash concrete
North Broad Youth Center TBA
Open Door Children’s Home organize closets, indoor outdoor cleaning
PAWS wash dogs, socialize animals/puppy playground construction
Restoration Lindale, Inc. work outdoors clearing around creek
Restoration Rome outdoor work at facility
Ruth and Naomi Shelter outside work, cleaning inside,
Salvation Army Touch up painting of Christmas Kettles, stands & signs. Construct a horseshoe pit.
South Rome Community Garden weeding, filling raised beds with compost
TRED Trail maintenance
Zuber Cemetery clearing brush