*** WRITTEN FOR USE ON SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2019 — SERVICE DAY ***
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University welcomed new students from around the world yesterday (Friday, Aug. 23, 2019), and today is their traditional community service day in partnership with Springfield-based Convoy of Hope.
Weller Elementary is the site of a FREE “block party,” with several hundred Evangel students serving the children and families of the Weller neighborhood.
The Convoy Community Event Team is providing groceries, haircuts, a kid zone (bounce houses), parent store (hygiene and cleaning items), and children’s shoes. They are also set up for community services, food services (hot dogs) and a connections tent.
“Everything is free for the Guests of Honor,” said Jessica Blake, Convoy’s public relations director.
In addition, more than 100 Evangel University students are working at the Convoy of Hope warehouse, 330 S. Paterson Ave., where they are preparing 5,000 bags of groceries for a community outreach in Flint, Michigan.
“Convoy of Hope is excited to partner with Evangel University to host a Community Event at Weller Elementary this weekend,” said Jeff Nene, COH national spokesperson. “We look forward to seeing new and returning Evangel students help serve hundreds of Guests of Honor at the event.”
Christy Rowden, director of student activities for Evangel University, agreed.
“We are thrilled to once again work with Convoy of Hope to impact the Springfield community. Such service is an important part of the Evangel mission and experience,” said Rowden.
A video and detailed schedule of Evangel’s five days of EULaunch is available on their website.
Some of the Springfield area organizations and agencies that will be in service at the Weller Block Party include:
- Harmony House
- Springfield Area Human Resources Association
- Weller Neighborhood Association
- Salvation Army
- CoxHealth Center for Addictions
- CoxHealth Psychological Services
- Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Greene County Center
- OACAC Head Start
- Jordan Valley Clinic
- Greene County Deputy Registrars (voter registration)
- International Institute of SWMO
- Central Assembly ESL program
- OTC Adult Education
- Legal Services of SWMO
Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.