Union College gives back to more than 50 Lincoln organizations

On Thursday, Union College held their Project Impact day of service program. It was an active morning for students, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Painting and pulling weeds. Picking up trash, spending time with the elderly, reading to kids.

On Thursday, Union College held their Project Impact day of service program. It was an active morning for students, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s a lot of work, for sure, but I absolutely loved it,” senior Megan Fleming said.

As a part of Project Impact, Union College students went all over Lincoln, volunteering at more than 50 different organizations across the city, many of them non-profits. The highlight of the morning?

“We went and saw the people who volunteered and read to the kids, and they would just like have these huge smiles on their faces,” junior Jadyn Anderson said.

The Educare preschool center is just one of the beneficiaries of Union College’s day of service. Executive director Quentin Brown says having college students read to kids at the daycare meant a lot to them.

“It’s the exact same thing that it means to you and I when someone cares about us, when someone genuinely cares,” Brown said. “That’s the same look that you see in their eyes.”

It was the 40th service day held by Union College, making Project Impact the longest-running collegiate service day in the country. Students were given a day off of classes for a day of hard, but fulfilling work.

“You see kids doing yard work, but playing music and just having fun with it, and some of those normal, tedious tasks that we think we have to do some times, the kids just have fun with it,” Fleming said. “So that was really cool.”

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