Seven students and advisor Jan Rousse sat in a circle for their first official Community Service Club meeting last Monday in the informal lounge of the Castleton State College Campus Center. Club president, junior Stephanie Terry, began the meeting with the club mission statement and was followed by both new and old members introducing themselves and mentioning briefly why they joined the club.
“In high school I was in the Community Service Club and loved it. And wanted to continue in college,” junior Melissa Shaw said.
Between volunteering an evening at the Boys & Girls Club in Rutland, spending a Saturday helping construct a house with Habitat for Humanity, or even plucking invading grass out of a local elementary school’s playground, the club always has events planned.
“We’re hoping to create an after school program at Benson Village School this year,” Terry said.
Other events are also in the planning process. The club is hoping to volunteer at the Rutland County Humane Society and near the closing of the fall semester give gifts to low-income families in the community for the holiday season.
“I am hoping that this year we are able to do Upward Bound. Each year I help the students get involved with the local fire department of Castleton and the church. I enjoy just being able to talk to them,” senior Andrea Grindea said.
Last semester members of the club traveled to New York City with members of Castleton’s Student Government Association over winter break, trudging through the snowy sidewalks of NYC and talking to a junior class of secondary students in Harlem about their paths to college.
“I just like helping people,” Terry commented. “I like being part of something and experiencing new things.