32 of Belmont University’s newest students participated in a SERVE event to kick off their Belmont experience at the start of the new spring semester, reports the Office of New Student Programs in the Dean of Students office. Echoing the fall semester’s SERVE event – which stands for Students Engaging and Restoring through Volunteer Experiences – the 32 new Belmont students volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission warehouse, where they sorted shoes, organized clothing and provided other help to the charitable organization. SERVE is a foundational experience for new Belmont students.
“Serving the Rescue Mission through SERVE this spring was a great experience,” said Travis Moore, a junior from McCordsville, Indiana, and volunteer with the Dean of Students Office’s Towering Traditions program. “It was great getting to see some of the faces of both the rescue mission volunteers and the residents when we finished, it made me feel like I had actually accomplished something worthwhile.”
Last fall, approximately 650 incoming Belmont freshmen participated in a day of service before the start of classes, working on a variety of community service projects ranging from working in the warehouse at the Nashville Rescue Mission, packing food at Feed the Children, doing building repair work at Preston Taylor Ministries and landscaping at the Martha O’Bryan Center.
Each year, Belmont invites incoming freshmen to participate in community service as part of a week-long slate of activities introducing them to life as a Belmont student and to Belmont’s commitment to teaching students the value of serving in their community.