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New BSC students to serve community

New BSC students to serve community

For Immediate Release
Aug. 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--More than 400 Birmingham-Southern College students, BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, and several staff members will participate in service projects around the Birmingham area on Tuesday, Aug. 23 as the last step of New Student Orientation.

Twenty-nine teams, comprised mainly of new and returning students, will spend the morning working at a range of parks, nonprofit organizations, and agencies across the metro area, including the Exceptional Foundation, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Urban Ministry, Girls Inc., the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, and a Habitat for Humanity building site.

The day of service before classes begin on Wednesday has become a tradition at BSC. “The goal is to introduce incoming students to their new hometown and connect them with community partners,” said Kristin Harper ’92, director of the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action.

Students will gather with their Orientation teams at Munger Auditorium on the BSC campus at 8:30 a.m. and depart by bus to their service sites at 9 a.m. The groups will gather at Railroad Park at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and a discussion about their experience before returning to campus.

List of sites BSC students will be serving:

Humane Society of Greater Birmingham - 300 Snow Drive
Cahaba Valley Health Care - 4515 Southlake Parkway #150
Exceptional Foundation -1616 Oxmoor Road 
Bush Hills Neighborhood Project - Graymont and 8th Avenue/Bush Boulevard
Ensley Projects - 616 19th Street
BSC EcoSCape - on campus
Habitat for Humanity work site - 6815 2nd Ave. South
Birmingham Education Foundation - 901 9th Ave. North
Greater Birmingham Ministries - 2304 12th Ave. North
Railroad Park - 1600 1st Ave. North
Jones Valley Teaching Farm - 701 25th St. North
Girls Inc. - 5130 8th Court South
Red Mountain Park - 2011 Frankfurt Drive
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve - 3906 Turkey Creek Road, Pinson
Urban Ministry - 1229 Cotton Avenue

About Birmingham-Southern College:
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 15 foreign countries.