WV Campus Compact Selects Bethany College as Global Youth Service Day Mini-Grant Institution

BETHANY, W.Va. — West Virginia Campus Compact recently named Bethany College as a Global Youth Service Day mini-grant recipient. The College will use the mini-grant to fund Spring Into Service! — a program designed to help ready the community for spring.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Bethany’s senior class Kalon Scholars, in cooperation with Bethany Memorial Church and a variety of other college and town representatives, will work with area community volunteers to participate in spring cleanup projects on Sunday, April 25.

“The Kalon Scholars hope that this event will be only the first of many to come in uniting the College, community and student body in efforts to make Bethany the best it can be,” stated Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Professor of Social Work, Chair of the Department of Social Work and Faculty Advisor to the Kalon Scholars.

Bethany’s senior class Kalon Scholars chose Spring into Service! as their team project for 2009-2010 as a parting gift to the Bethany community. Led by seniors Justin Miller and Kelly Sofka, Kalon Scholar co-advisors, the group hopes to attract up to 50 college students and 50 children between the ages of 8 and 12, in addition to faculty, staff and other adults from the community who are interested in working to clean up the community from the ravages of recent winter storms. In addition to general town projects, the teams will also be working with families who have yard cleanup projects they are unable to complete themselves.

Festivities for April 25 include an opening pizza party at noon in the Bethany Memorial Church basement, followed by several hours of labor as volunteers complete the projects. The day’s events will end with games and other activities and a potluck dinner for all volunteers.

The Kalon Scholars encourage the community to support their efforts by volunteering their time to join in a project and by donating a covered dish for the closing dinner. Chartwell's Dining and Chambers General Store have also committed resources to help make the day a success.

West Virginia Campus Compact is West Virginia’s lead agency for Global Youth Service Day 2010 and is able to provide the mini-grants through a $2000 Lead Agency Grant from Youth Service America.

The following eight campuses were selected for mini-grant funding: Bethany College, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Fairmont State University/Pierpont Community and Technical College, Glenville State College, Marshall University, New River Community and Technical College—Raleigh County Campus, Potomac State College and Shepherd University.

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.