On Friday, August 23rd, over 40 Durham Tech students volunteered at five different community sites during the First Years SERVE (Students Engaging in Rewarding Volunteer Efforts) event. FY SERVE, a collaboration between the Center for College and Community Service and First-Year Experience Program, was created last year to welcome students in their first year at Durham Tech while connecting them to their peers and the greater Durham community. The student volunteers were joined on the teams by Durham Tech senior administrators and instructors. annual First Years Serve Event!
FY SERVE kicked off in the Multipurpose room early Friday morning where participants enjoyed a light breakfast and a welcome from Deidre Yancey, the FY Experience Chair. Erin Riney, Director of Student Engagement, reviewed the day’s exciting agenda. Jes Dormady, Coordinator for the Center for college and Community Service, introduced the event’s student leaders and-profit sites for the day. Student leaders were selected from last year’s FY SERVE participants because of their demonstrated leadership skills and their ongoing dedication to community service efforts this past year.
2019 FY SERVE Leaders were:
Yousaf Abbasi, leader of the Food Bank of Central Eastern NC team
Ukiah Barnes, co-leader of the Book Harvest team
Lucas Gromyko, Leader of the Briggs Avenue Community Garden team
Rimeh Ksiksi Ksiksi, co-leader of the Book Harvest team
Juan Moraga, leader of the RN Harris team
John Zhang, leader of the Campus Harvest Food Pantry team
For two hours, the five volunteer teams served at their non-profit organizations. After the service shifts ended, the participants returned to the Multipurpose room for pizza and reflection. Ms. Yancey led the reflection session. Participants were assigned reflection teams with members who served at all five different service sites. Students were able to share their experience volunteering at their site and learn about the other service shifts that occurred that day.
Participants had fun sorting and packaging approximately 2,250 books to be distributed to children over the school year.
Briggs Avenue Community Garden
Participants tended to the garden beds at Briggs Avenue Garden where they also harvested a plentiful bounty of peppers and tomatotes for Durham Tech’s very own Campus Harvest Food Pantry.
Campus Harvest Food Pantry
Participants packaged over 250 lbs. of rice and several months-worth of snacks to be distributed to students experiencing food insecurity at Durham Tech’s Campus Harvest Food Pantry.
Food bank of Easter North Carolina
Participants sorted and packaged 3,256 pounds of potatoes to be distributed to high need families in Eastern North Carolina. The potatoes packed on this day will feed 752 families and 2700 unique individuals.
Participants prepared the garden beds at RN Harris to welcome back the children next week
None of this would have been possible without our student leaders, faculty, and administrators.
Thank you to all who participated, we can’t wait for another First Years Serve at Durham Tech!