A group of Bridges to Belmont scholars volunteered at the Edgehill Halloween Family Night last week where they passed out candy, facilitated a face-painting booth and assisted with judging costume competitions. Brenda Morrow, the director of the Edgehill Family Resource Center, facilitates the Edgehill Halloween Family Night each year. Nearly 200 children attended the annual event.
According to Megan McNeese, student support specialist with the Bridges to Belmont Program, “This event offers a safe and fun atmosphere for the children of the Edgehill neighborhood. Community partners like Belmont help to amplify events like this by partnering to offer a diversity of activities and resources to the children. It’s important for students to volunteer because it enables them to give back to the community and to share their own gifts and talents.”
McNeese also added, “It’s important for students to recognize their own role in the larger Nashville community as they make the transition to post-grad life; community service is a launch-pad for students to become engaged citizens who participate in and give back to the larger community. Volunteering is one way in which students learn to engage and transform the world around them.”