Helping One Organization At A Time
OCALA - Growing up on the poorer side of town, Amy Hedrick says community service has always been a big part of her life. That's why every year she becomes involved in her college's community service day. One day a year, for five years, Rasmussen College has its 24 campuses around the country participate and volunteer more than 4000 hours to community organizations.
Pete Beasley the director for the Ocala campus says, "Volunteerism is part of Rasmussen College. It's actually part of our mission... We give back to our communities year round. We also feel this is a great opportunity for our students to become more well rounded within the communities."
This year in North Central Florida, the Marion County Literacy Council was chosen to receive help. They are a local non-profit in Ocala that encourages literacy by teaching adults how to read and learn English among other things. Marion County's Literary Council recently received a grant that helped them move from their 2000 square feet facility to this 6000 square feet building... The expansion was much needed however the new place still needs a facelift."
Marisol Sepulveda the Program Coordinator for the Marion County's Literary Council says, "You know we always watch out budgets and all that, it's important... So for us it's a blessing to be able to have them here today."
Hedrick says she doesn't mind taking a day to help beautify the building of an organization that does so much for the community she lives in. "Being able to give back to people who don't have what they need to survive or being able to just clean this place up... To be able to have people come in and see that everything is clean and they don't have to worry about working in a cluttered environment, it makes me feel as good as possible," Hedrick said. Coming from humble beginnings, Hedrick's learned that giving a little comes a long way.
If you'd like to help out, the Marion County Literacy Council is accepting donations until September 10th for a fundraising garage sale they are putting together. The garage sale will take place from 7am-3pm at the literacy council on September 20th and 21st. For more information on this non-profit, check out their website.