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Day of service and giving a big success on both fronts

by Chuck Gordon

Like a lot of things, Wingate University’s annual day of service and giving has looked different the past couple of years. But One Day, One Dog returned to something approximating its former glory this week.

The service projects were scaled down (and spread out), but the contributions from students and employees to projects that better the community were numerous and welcomed, with more than 400 students participating.

“One Day, One Dog has always been something of a unifying event on campus,” says Brittany Peper, assistant director of strategic communications for the University’s Office of Advancement. “Although we came together in a time of need during Covid, the spirit of camaraderie that the daylong service projects produced was noticeably absent the past couple of years. This year brought some of that back.”

The projects were held throughout the week, but the Day of Giving remained a one-day blitz. Yesterday, the Office of Advancement easily exceeded its goal of 1,000 donors, with a preliminary total of 1,082 people giving a combined $298,445 to the annual fund, scholarships, athletics and several other areas of need. The total raised was by far the most ever for a One Day, One Dog day of giving. Official figures will be announced within the next week.

Wingate student talks with elementary students at lunch

One Day, One Dog began in 2016 as a day chock full of service projects that hundreds of students participated in. Each year, students were given a day off from classes, and a large chunk of them spent their time working in the community garden, packing school supplies into backpacks, putting together blankets and cleaning up around University Lake.

The day was coupled with the University’s annual Day of Giving, an important event that has grown in scope every year. Two years ago, when Covid hit, the entire focus of One Day, One Dog shifted to raising money to help students affected by the pandemic, and in 2021, with the pandemic still in full swing, service projects were again canceled.

The service element returned this week with a slightly different structure. Spread out over the entire week, student-conceived and -run projects included assembly of crafting packets for Levine Children’s Hospital, crocheting of handmade chemo caps for cancer patients, note-writing to members of the military, and cleanup of University Lake. There were also opportunities to give blood, give teachers a break by serving as a lunch buddy at Wingate Elementary, or help the W’Infinity Math Club raise money to buy calculators for local schools.

Amanda Alling, assistant director of campus involvement and the organizer of the service projects, said that all projects were dreamt up, planned and executed by registered student organizations. She says feedback from students has been “extremely positive.”

“They feel more investment in these projects because it is their peers and friends who are organizing them, and it is their friends who they want to support,” Alling says. “While the number of projects does not reach what past One Day, One Dogs have had, this year is still special, as we were bringing this tradition back in a unique way. I can see this becoming a strong model for One Day, One Dog; allowing students to choose and plan how we serve.”

April 8, 2022