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Day of impact for Flagler’s Day of Service

Oct 31, 2019

On Saturday, Flagler College students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in a day of community service. This is the fourth year of the Reach Out Raise Up event, which is student-organized each semester by Flagler College Volunteers (FCV). This fall, volunteers put in over 500 service hours for this one-day event.

Student volunteer group posing with cleaning supplies in front of the St. Augustine Lighthouse tower.

First-time Site Leader Lucy Brooks and her fellow Flagler College Ambassadors sought out the time for a bonding activity. She was interested in seeing how a large group of people can make a difference in a small and designated amount of time.

“It’s nice to see the smaller things you can do,” fellow participant Julia Manze said.

Organizations that took part in the service event this year include St. Augustine Center for Living, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, St. Augustine Youth Services, Flagler Humane Society, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Ayla's Acres, SAFE Pet Rescue Thrift Store, SAFE Pet Rescue Shelter, Alpha Omega Thrift Store, Betty Griffin Center, HAWKE Wildlife Rescue, Home Again St. Johns, Council on Aging, and St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

At the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, volunteers helped with large-scale gardening and grounds maintenance projects such as painting picnic tables. Those interested were rewarded with a beautiful view of St. Augustine from atop the historic black-and-white-striped-tower.

Participants at St. Augustine Youth Services Mattison Hansen and Jenna Davenport were both just happy to be volunteering, no matter where it is. Their fellow volunteer, Makayla Cockerham has been involved in Day of Service since its inception and echoes the others’ feelings that it doesn’t matter where it is, it’s all about helping others, said Davenport: “Feeling like you’re doing something that matters.”

To see photos from the day’s activities around the county, please visit the photo gallery at

Student volunteers raking from a large pile of mulch.

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