This year PLU students spent more than 212,000 hours volunteering, according to the Volunteer Center’s Spill-the-Beans count.
From April 13 to 17 Volunteer Center representatives sent out tally sheets to residential halls and recorded hours served from people passing through Red Square. This is the first year volunteer hours were tallied, said Breona Mendoza, Volunteer Center co-director.
More than 200 students reported volunteering.
“We hope to get an even better count next year,” Mendoza said, “but it seemed to be pretty successful for our first year.”
Seniors led all classes in volunteer hours with just less than half the total – 110,446.
The other classes followed rank with juniors reporting 45,198 hours served, sophomores with 37,758 and freshman with 17,910.
Service was defined as “giving up your time to help others” and included things like helping someone with homework, cleaning up the community, volunteering at a local organization and raising money for a good cause.
Three students reported serving 300 or more hours with Randi Irby leading the way with 600, followed by Dmitry Mikheyer with 500 and Anthony Geymon with 300.
Three students reached more than 200 hours starting with Amy Cross with 250, Ann-Marie Shea with 237 and Shawn Gross with 225.
Dianna Mendoza, Esther Ham, Christina Boyd, Morgan Root and Jake Taylor Moore reported serving 200 hours.
Campus Voice Editor Chris Albert compiled this report. Comments, questions, ideas? Please contact him at ext. 8691 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by University Photographer Jordan Hartman.