Lion Community Outreach Day, an annual event where University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students go into the community to volunteer their time for various non-profit organizations, got off to a chilly start April 20 for the 100 students who volunteered for a good cause.
The students met at 8:30 a.m. at the University’s bell tower for their assignments and then dispersed throughout the area to do their part for community cleanup. They worked until 1 p.m. By that time, the weather was warm and sunny.
"I like to stay involved," said Jasmine Hattabaugh of Mansfield. She’s a senior majoring in organizational leadership and living on campus this year. "This is a way for me to help my co-workers who’ve volunteered to help with this. And I get to put in some public service at the same time. This helps the people in my neighborhood, too, by brightening things up a little."
Hattabaugh was assigned to We Care Foundation to help inventory items in the organization’s storage facility.
The coordinator for LCOD was Sierra Hayes, of Fayetteville, who is a student worker in the Student Activities Office. She said it’s always refreshing to see how many UAFS students will volunteer to help the community.
"We had a target of 100 volunteers," Hayes said. "And by, Tuesday, we enough students sign up to meet our goal. It’s really thrilling to see so many people who want to help. It’s really impressive. They make me proud to be a Lion."
In addition to assisting We Care Foundation, students also volunteered at 10 other nonprofit organizations.
Hayes said activities included many projects, from painting and planting flowers to sorting clothes and cleaning out storage facilities.
Participants, by town of residence, were:
Alma: Christina Seaton.
Bonanza: Shelley Blanton.
Batesville: Chelsea West.
Bentonville: Michael McCarthy.
Booneville: Kallie Tanner.
Cedarville: Ronny Harris.
Charleston: Robert Moore and Brooke Slaton.
Evansville: Brandy Cox, Kevin Cox and LeAnn Winningham.
Fort Smith: Dana M. Anderson, Joshua Autrey, Jessie Burton, Justin Chance, Rhiannon Corley, Karen Donaldson, Michelle Doville, Chelsea Elsken , Matthew Farrar, Jeff Franklin, Maya’ Neisha Johnson, Monica Jordan, Patricia Lopez, Robert Lopez, Rene Manjarrez, Shael McDonald, Tony Nguyen, Juri Nomura, Peter Pham, Alex Phomphakdy, Pamela Rosales, Shelby Staton, Chauntel Terry, Cole Thomas, Jaime Vargas and Jennifer Woolard.
Gabon: Marie Niyo Mugabo.
Gentry: Kym Christiansen.
Greenwood: Hailee Brown, Annsley Garner, CJ Gramlich, Hannah Jones and Ryan Millican.
Hackett: Emily Walker and Faye Rice.
Hartford: Danyell Farris.
Japan: Loi (Jack) Bui, Tomoya Chiba, Tomoka Hashimoto, Satoru Kajihara, Misuzu Kamizono, Nana Kisara, Natsuki Kishimoto, Rena Mochizuki, Koki Nakanishi, Shin Sakurada, Lauyzie Solis, Rasila Soumana, Mari Takahshi, Moe Takahashi and Senri Takahashi.
Kansas City, Mo.: Gabrielle Back.
Mansfield: Brooke Boyd, Kelby Franklin and Jasmine Hattabaugh.
Mountainberg: Jessica James.
Muldrow, Okla.: Shelbie Dyer.
Ozark, Mo.: Taylor Jordan.
Pocola, Okla.: Carl DeBose, Seantelle Marrazzo, Thomas Marrazzo and Victoria. Marrazzo.
Poteau, Okla.: Sara Carter.
Rogers: Dani David, Mariano Mendez and Jessica Trivett.
Rosebud: Samantha Jo Anderton.
Rudy: Jacob Malone.
Russia: Arthur Bezerra.
Shawnee, Okla.: Tatum Colburn.
Springdale: Madison Cornett.
Sprio, Okla.: Domanique Johnson.
Springtown, Texas: Hailey Henderson.
Van Buren: Debra Abshere, Daniel Balow, Julia Boatright, Chris Brazil, Amber Breazzeal, Jamie Ellison, Carina Garret, Renda Garret, Ashley Mayfield, Arron Newberry, Susan Terrell and Kalyn Tounzen.
Vietnam: Nguyen Van Linh.
Waldron: Kathy Tull.
Winchester, Tenn.: Krystal Gunselman.