W.Va. State University answers Governor’s Call to Serve


W.Va. State University answers Governor’s Call to Serve

University designated as official “Day to Serve” project by Volunteer West Virginia

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University has answered Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s call to serve with a series of special events in honor of the “Governor’s Day to Serve” initiative, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29.

A series of events has been scheduled to promote the initiative on and off campus, with WVSU receiving official designation as a Day to Serve project from Volunteer West Virginia in conjunction with the governor’s office. 

“Many State students are civic-minded, actively involved in their communities and champions of the under-served,” said university President Brian Hemphill. “Community service is a big part of the student-life experience at West Virginia State. I am very proud of our students’ response to the Governor’s Call to Serve initiative.” 

WVSU’s Community of Business Students has launched a school supply drive to benefit Dunbar area primary and intermediate schools. The group will be in the community on Saturday to solicit donations.

Other projects are aimed at increasing voter registration among college-age adults. The reigning Mr. and Ms. State, Cordero Davis and Gabrielle Balancier launched a National Collegiate Voter Registration Campaign to promote political awareness, which will culminate in a “Drive to the Polls” effort on Election Day in November. Davis and Balancier will be in the University Union on Saturday for a campus voter registration drive.

The Office of Student Activities is sponsoring a bus trip to the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, on Saturday, during which students will discuss political awareness and voter registration.

Finally, the Nyansa Community Service and Leadership Organization has teamed with AmeriCorps LifeBridge for Operation Remembrance, a military care package donation drive. Volunteers will be in area communities soliciting donations Saturday.

“Governor’s Day to Serve” is a regional event that includes West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. “I’m calling on all West Virginians to join in the effort,” Tomblin said in a statement. “Participate in a service project in your area or simply take some time to help your community.”More information about “Governor’s Day to Serve,” including a listing of service projects, is available online at www.daytoserve.org.

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