North Central College - Naperville, IL

College hosts annual day of service May 7

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North Central student volunteers at 2010 Intersection
North Central student volunteers at 2010 Intersection

April 29, 2011—For the fifth year, North Central College is rallying families, church groups, businesses and other volunteers, including the College’s students, faculty and staff to participate at Intersection. Volunteers will give one day of service on Saturday, May 7, to build, clean, landscape, work and play to help others and make a difference in our communities.

“This year’s Intersection is the largest to date in the number of volunteers and organizations we’ll serve,” says Whitney Roberts, assistant director of ministry and service and coordinator of the event. “Between the North Central community, Harvest Bible Chapel, Grace Pointe Church and others, we anticipate around 400 to 500 volunteers to join the effort.”

The full day of service will benefit 15 service agencies, nonprofit organizations and projects in Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield, West Chicago and Bolingbrook. Volunteers can choose one of following sites to serve alongside members of the organizations and local residents. Visit to sign up.

The benefitting organizations include:

•    Almost Home Kids (family friendly) in Naperville is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children facing serious and ongoing medical challenges. Volunteers will assist with landscaping and yard work.
•    Bolingbrook Christian Health Center in Bolingbrook provides healthcare for those without insurance. Volunteers will clean the volunteer-run facility and help with minor construction projects, including building a handicap-accessible ramp for patients.
•    Bryan House in Aurora is a home for refugee families. Volunteers will help with indoor and outdoor cleanup.
•    Calvary Food Pantry in Naperville has operated a food and clothing pantry for three decades at the church’s original location at 129 W. Benton Ave. and current site of North Central’s The Union. Volunteers will renovate various rooms.
•    Care Net in Bolingbrook serves Jesus Christ by providing abstinence education and helping anyone dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Volunteers will distribute flyers and information in the local neighborhood.
•    Emmanuel House in east Aurora provides housing for immigrant communities. Volunteers will help with indoor and outdoor cleanup.
•    Green Harvest Food Pantry in Plainfield assists low-income families and other individuals in need. Volunteers will sort items, clean the facility and create a children’s playroom for food pantry customers.
•    International Justice Mission in Naperville is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Volunteers will facilitate an informational fair, learn ways to advocate for those oppressed worldwide, and distribute information about International Justice Mission initiatives in downtown Naperville.  
•    Lakewood Nursing Home (family friendly) in Plainfield serves the elderly by meeting their daily needs. Volunteers will play bingo, paint fingernails, serve ice cream, do crafts and visit with patients, as well as clean the bus and pick up trash.
•    Touch My Heart (family friendly) in Naperville enhances the health and wellness of individuals with disabilities, their families and community through recreation and leisure activities, socialization, awareness and education. Volunteers will assist with a special-needs carnival with setup, tear down, cooking, greeting and running games.
•    Triple Threat Mentoring in east Aurora works to empower under-resourced youth and help develop confidence, character and life skills by engaging the youth in athletics, academics and the arts. Volunteers will facilitate a community soccer tournament and help with check-in and serve as referees, scorekeepers and ball distributer.
•    Wayside Cross in Aurora ministers to those in need by sharing the Gospel. Volunteers will assist in operations and initiatives.
•    Wayside Cross/Lifespring Women’s Shelter in Aurora is a long-term transitional living program for women and their children who are homeless due to addiction, abuse or finances. Volunteers will paint apartments for residents and serve at the Wayside Cross community store and warehouse.
•    We Grow Dreams (family friendly) in West Chicago is dedicated to employing and providing employment training for people with disabilities. Volunteers will help with general outdoor property cleanup and debris removal.
•    World Relief (family friendly) in Aurora assists refugees during their transition and resettlement in the United States. Volunteers will wash and clean vehicles used for organizational operations.

The Intersection day of service begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, and a brief program at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will serve at one of the 15 sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a celebration event and light dinner at 3 p.m. at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville. Maps, directions and lunch at each location will be provided. Cost is $10/individuals, $25/families and $5/students; costs go toward project supplies and meals.

Volunteers can choose the project and site where they want to serve when they register online at North Central College’s Office of Ministry and Service is coordinating the event. For more information contact Roberts at 630-637-5106.

The College’s Office of Ministry and Service encourages and challenges its students to live out their faith by serving others through its many year-round efforts in community service, social justice and community development. Participation in Intersection 2011 is one way North Central seeks to go beyond the borders of its campus to unite with the larger community and meet the needs of a diverse student population.