Flagler College reaches out to help local organizations on community service day
More than 300 Flagler College students, faculty, staff and alumni fanned out across St. Augustine on Saturday for a day of community service that benefitted 14 local nonprofit organizations that ranged from an emergency shelter for abused women to a local reserve for unwanted exotic animals.
Called Reach Out Raise Up, the day is planned and organized by a student-led club at Flagler called the FC Volunteers. This is the fourth Reach Out event at Flagler, and FC Volunteers President Paige Armstrong said it was by the far the biggest yet.
“The turnout has been incredible, and it’s very exciting to see,” she said. The spring day had about 150 participants.
Armstrong said the day was not only about reaching out to the community and lending a hand, but also serving as an experiential learning opportunity for students. “It’s not just about helping, but also reflecting on what the importance of giving back is,” she said. “We want everybody to get something out of it, both the organizations and the students.”
Reach Out Director Alex Quinones said the event was a huge success and that there were a combined 750 hours of service to the community during the day. He also said the student organization wants to continue to grow the event and expand its reach to help even more local non-profits in the future.
Organizations in St. Augustine taking part in this year’s Reach Out included the Alpha Omega Miracle Home, Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue, the Betty Griffin House, the Council on Aging, The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Haven Horse Ranch, Home Again St. Johns, SAFE Pet Rescue, St. Augustine Center for Living, The St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine Wildlife Reserve, St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, The Sertoma Thrift Store and United Way.