February 21, 2003
Southampton College Students Volunteer at Local Nursing Home
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A dozen members of Southampton College's sophomore class and campus group Helping Hands visited the Southampton Care Center on Saturday, talking with senior citizens and helping with craft projects.
According to sophomore class vice president Cindy Sexton, who led the volunteer Intergenerational Program, this project was just the start of many more interactions between the Center and Southampton College to come. "We are also planning on visiting there on March 8th for St. Patrick's Day, April 19th for Easter when we are hoping to dye Easter eggs, and May 3rd in between May Day and Mother's Day when we are hoping to plant flowers with them," Sexton said. "We want to narrow the gap between our generation and theirs by giving them a chance to get to know us."
The Intergenerational Program is one of dozens of Residence Life public-service programs Southampton College students perform each year. Other recent programs have included beach cleanups, building of recycling bins on campus, turkey drives at Thanksgiving, breast-cancer walks, a blanket drive for the homeless and a drive to collect holiday toys for underprivileged children.