In a show of strength and purpose, all Bethany College students are offering themselves in community service next Tuesday, Oct. 31.
They do it in honor of the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther is believed to have nailed his 95 Reformation theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.
And they do it for *all* businesses and residents of Lindsborg. This means you, your family, neighbors and friends.
Painting? Leaf gathering? Moving furniture? Weatherizing? Think of all the jobs that would go easier or would get bumped up on the agenda if you could work alongside younger others.
And not just you. Also your neighbors who may not hear about this offer and those not as vocal about their needs and hopes. This is the moment to act.
Here's Bethany College's assistant dean of students Caitlin Rethorst to explain:
"On this Luther 500 Day of Service, Bethany students will be available to serve in two shifts (8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.) at both businesses and private homes in the community. If your business or your neighbor has a small project that needs completed within the above timeframes, then please fill out the nomination/application form at the link below.
"At this time, we’re calling for worksites where we can truly enact Bethany’s core values of Integrity, Hospitality, Community, Servant Leadership, Sustainability, and Excellence. The deadline for applying to be a worksite is 5 p.m. Friday, October 6.
"As you’re completing the application form, please think about how many volunteers you will need to successfully complete your project. Projects that can be completed within the timeframes above are encouraged; however, other project ideas are welcome. We will follow up with all entries.
"Additionally, if you nominate a private homesite, we will reach out to that individual to gather more information. Here are project description examples and ideas, as well as projects to avoid:
"When thinking about projects, consider your own supplies and materials. Businesses are expected to supply their own materials for project completion. Non-profit companies and private homesites may receive assistance for materials. Please keep in mind the budgetary restrictions of the Luther 500 Day of Service when requesting supplies, and thoroughly complete the application form below.
"Please complete this application/nomination to submit your worksite needs. You may submit the form more than once, if submitting multiple worksites: http://tinyurl.com/BethanyLuther500
If you'd like to contact Caitlin, see her at Presser Hall 102, call 785-227-3380, ext. 8274, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If students are coming to help, please plan to work or be alongside them. It feels so good to be reminded that BC students represent a smart, able and kind generation that will, most certainly, change our world.