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Birmingham-Southern faculty and staff participate in Disaster Relief Work Day
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College sponsored a Disaster Relief Work Day on Friday, June 3, to provide its faculty and staff with opportunities to volunteer for tornado relief.
Dozens of members of the BSC community participated. The college's Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, with guidance from Hands On Birmingham, placed the BSC volunteers in the areas most needed at this time.
BSC faculty and staff spent a good part of the day working on Habitat for Humanity rebuilding efforts in the North Smithfield community in north Birmingham, and sorting disaster relief donation items at the Christian Service Mission in downtown Birmingham. Several Birmingham-Southern students on campus before summer term begins also assisted.
Several tornadoes struck the state of Alabama on April 27, causing unprecedented damage and loss of life. Communities near the BSC campus were some of the hardest hit.
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for our faculty and staff to serve the local community as a group," said David Eberhardt, BSC's associate vice president for student development who helped originate the Disaster Relief Work Day. "Many of us already have done disaster relief work through our churches, on our own, or through other organizations, but not as a BSC community. This was an opportunity for us to serve and bond as a Birmingham-Southern family."
Service-learning is integrally tied to the mission and ethos of Birmingham-Southern, with more than 70 percent of the study body connecting annually to the broader world through service work. Service begins as early as opening of school orientation and continues through ongoing projects with organizations such as First Light Women's Shelter, Urban Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and International Tutoring, among others. The college also sponsors Alternative Spring Break and Interim Term service-learning opportunities.
Birmingham-Southern was recently named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is the fifth straight year the college has been recognized.
View a slideshow of additional images from BSC’s Disaster Relief Work Day.