Northeast Community College Gets Strong Turnout for Day of Service

NORFOLK – They’re likely not old enough to even remember the September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001, but that’s not stopping college student from honoring the Day of Service.

A group of Northeast Community College students hosted a Day of Service event on campus Tuesday. Students could sign up and work various stations, providing services to six different organizations in Norfolk, like making doggie chew toys for the local animal shelter, packing breakfasts for Meals on Wheels or hygiene packets for the Norfolk Rescue Mission.

School officials say the response on campus was overwhelming, with some instructors bringing entire classes to help out.

“We had a crazy rush right away” said Northeast student activities director Carissa Kollath. “We’re actually out of a lot of our projects, which is a good problem to have.”

Northeast partnered with a number of entities like Bellevue University and Chartwells Food Service who donated a lot of the items. Organizers say that spirit of cooperation will help the event in the coming years.

“I’ve had a bunch of people reach out as we’ve started advertising this so I know we can grow this even more for next year,” said Kollath. “We already have ideas of some different things that we want to do.”

Organizers estimated that within the first two hours of the event opening, almost 200 students had stepped up to help out others.