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Evangel’s new students to volunteer with Convoy of Hope Saturday, Aug. 25

Published on Aug 23, 2012 by Jennifer Hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Roughly 350 new Evangel University students will volunteer at the Convoy of Hope warehouse this Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, from 12 to 5 p.m.

“The service opportunity is now a back-to-school tradition,” said Christy Rowden, student activities director. “We have partnered with Convoy of Hope in the past, and the students have embraced the opportunity with enthusiasm. We are pleased to work with Convoy because of the good work they do in our community and around the world.”

The work day is part of EU Launch, the new student orientation program designed to welcome new students. Most new students will be moving in on Friday, Aug. 24, and classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 29.

“I think this opportunity gets students thinking about others and about service to community,” said senior social work major Mehleena Edmonds, resident assistant. “It can set them on a great path to volunteering throughout their university careers. It did for me.”

Convoy of Hope was founded by Evangel alumni—brothers Hal, Steve and David Donaldson. Since the organization was founded in 1994, they have served more than 52 million people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.

Evangel’s volunteers will arrive at the Convoy of Hope warehouse on Saturday afternoon to pack boxes of supplies for shipment to Convoy events. The warehouse and headquarters are located in Springfield, Mo., at the intersection of U.S. 65 and I-44.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With enrollment of 2,100 students, coming from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.