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125 Hours of Service

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Nov 18, 2015
by Charlotte Payne

Last week starting on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and going until Friday at noon, Belmont celebrated its 125th birthday through serving Nashville for 125 consecutive hours. 629 volunteers worked with organizations all throughout the city including Second Harvest Food Bank, Room in the Inn, Nashville Humane Association, the Martha O'Bryan Center, and more, offering their time and talents to give back in a variety of ways. Their efforts made a difference. Ann Baldwin, who helped out with Second Harvest Food Bank, was told by one of the chefs (Chef Andy) that the Belmont team had "made just under 3000 packaged lunches for elementary school students and that it was the largest amount he had seen in years."

       

It is easy to see that Belmont is delighted to be celebrating 125 years. From a massive poster on the Bell Tower to "125 years" parking stickers, there is no lack of pride for our birthday. Yet instead of taking a week to celebrate ourselves, Belmont came up with this idea to devote 125 hours to give back. Brooke Pugsley, a sophomore who served with Meals on Wheels, said she feels "proud and blessed to be a student of a university who truly cares about people!" She adds, "yes, it is our 125th celebration, but we celebrated this past week with 125 hours of continuous service. Not sure how many other schools would think about that!"

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Belmont is constantly encouraging students to serve through things like community service convocations and the opportunity to take service-learning courses. As Judy Williams, who served with us this past week, put it, "it is important for the Belmont community to step outside of our comfort zones (in some cases) and see how the rest of the world lives!"