Jan 20, 2011

Serve Our Neighbors Day

(Newport News, Va.) - In order to build and strengthen relationships with neighbors living closest to campus, more than 150 Christopher Newport University fraternity brothers will serve the residents of the Hidenwood and Riverside neighborhoods on Saturday, January 29, during the inaugural “Serve Our Neighbors Day.”  The event is being facilitated by CNU’s Center for Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship, which encourages students and community partners to see the advantages of working together in mutually beneficial ways.
Residents living in Hidenwood and Riverside neighborhoods may request the free service by visiting http://service.cnu.edu and completing the online form, or by calling the Center for Service Learning at (757) 594-7233.  The deadline to submit a request is Monday, January 24, and all phone requests should include the resident’s full name, address, phone number and a brief description of the work requested.  
Newport News City Manager Neil Morgan - who oversees the city’s Neighborhood Relations Committee - will join the fraternity brothers for brunch on campus that morning, and afterward will dispatch them into the neighborhoods.  Working from noon to 3 p.m., the students will perform a variety of tasks including raking, cleaning, removing debris and talking with residents.  
“Some of us rent houses in these neighborhoods, but we don’t often get to know and befriend our neighbors,” said CNU Interfraternity Council President David Erbe. “That is something we would like to change, and since this is the end of Greek Rush Week we thought a service event would be a great way to show our pledges and our neighbors that we are serious about building positive, off-campus relationships.”
One of the conditions for interested residents is that they must be at home while the students conduct their volunteer work.  The students will provide gloves, rakes and trash bags, but residents will need to supply any additional equipment required to complete the task.
More information about “Serve Our Neighbors Day” and other community engagement initiatives can be found at CNU’s Center for Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship website: http://service.cnu.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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Lori Jacobs
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