The 24 Hour Service Fair drew 600 Pacific students to the University Center fireside to donate, support, create and help raise funds and awareness for various causes. The events took place on March 10 and 11, starting at noon on Saturday and ending at noon on Sunday.
Each individual event was hosted by a different group or organization on campus. The service fair benefitted 21 charities and organizations.
The National Residence Hall Honorary along with the Resident Assistant Weekend Programming collaborated with the various Pacific University clubs and organizations to make the service fair possible.
“This is a great opportunity for student to support the community outside of campus. It also brings unity within the Pacific community by having so many on campus groups participate,” said event coordinator Lauren Seeger.
Students were given the opportunity to not only give back, but also win prizes for their charitable efforts. Each time a student attended an event and either volunteered or donated, they received a raffle ticket. The student then had the option of what prize they wanted to win. Each raffle item had a specific time from midnight to 8 a.m. on Sunday in which it would be drawn. The students had be present at the time of the drawing and participating in whatever event was taking place to win the prize.
Prizes included two NOOKS offered by CASSS, two $100 gift baskets provided by RHA, $45 worth of iTunes gift cards donated by ACE Board and a home theater system provided by NRHH. Winners of the prizes are as follow: Evan Schreus and Mitchell Graham, Destiny McCoy and Mitchell Graham, Jessica Martinez and Hayley Brown.
The amount of Pacific community support shows in the numbers of items donated or collected.
The Pacific Christian Fellowship collected non-perishable food items for the Tom McCall Elementary School Backpack Program. This program fills backpacks with food and gives them to underprivileged children. The Alpha Zeta Fraternity also collected food and their proceeds went to the Oregon Food Bank. PCF and the AZs collected 176 food items.
NRHH had a U.C. dish collection throughout the dorms on campus and returned 133 dishes to the cafeteria.
The combination of a pajama for orphans was hosted by Circle K and clothing collection for the local homeless shelter hosted by McCormick Hall Council collected 82 items of clothing.
More than $180 dollars was raised by Delta Chi Delta, Newman Club, CASSS, Burlingham Hall Council and RA Weekend Programming for various charities and organizations.
The Psychology and Active Minds club cleaned 25 saddles at the Bradley’s Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides emotional and physical growth to physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged individuals through horsemanship.
Random Acts of Kindness was an ongoing project for the entire 24 hours. The event made 235 cards that will be distributed randomly throughout the Pacific community.
Awareness building for human trafficking, hosted by Senior Chelsea Yarbor, made 10 signs that will be put up around campus.
The Social Work Club hosted a puzzle folding session for the Jennings-McCall Center. Participants folded 200 puzzles while learning about elderly abuse.