Over 300 SNU Students Serve Oklahoma City Area

BETHANY, Okla. (August 27, 2010) – Over 300 freshmen, new transfers and student leaders at Southern Nazarene University spent Monday afternoon of their orientation week serving over 15 non-profits in Oklahoma City area.  Students served in various capacities including yard work, painting, packing food boxes, and various sorting and cleaning.

Students were able to experience new and unique opportunities they might not have expected as college students.  The service experience opens up opportunities for them to volunteer and get involved in the community outside of SNU.  “I had the wonderful opportunity to serve at Birth Choice of Oklahoma, which is an incredible organization that provides free health care and other assistance to underprivileged, expecting mothers. I was deeply moved by this organization and the ministry they provide to the community.  I would love to volunteer more of my time to their great cause,” said Sarah Bell, freshman.

Andrea Green, Director of Student Ministries, organized all of the groups and projects.  She said, "…the service projects went exactly as planned. It was an extremely hot day and it was inspiring to see so many students giving of themselves to help others despite the heat. The seventeen churches and organizations we partnered with worked hard to set up service projects for over three hundred students! The incredible thing about selfless service is its ability to bring people together and change the hearts of those serving."

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.