Projects done, relationships built during first Volunteers Week

Projects done, relationships built during first Volunteers Week

Russell Smith drove from Sebring, FL, to spend a week in June at Baptist Bible College & Seminary, working on electrical improvements to Shaffer Hall and strengthening relationships he's built over more than a decade of serving during Volunteer Weeks.

"It's great. Just hanging around, working, and having fun," said Russell, who discovered BBC&S when the first two of his 10 children came to study on campus. He enjoys it so much he returns every year for more.

Each year, volunteers perform a range of jobs - from painting and cleaning to electrical work and landscaping. Workers and their families gain an inexpensive time together and BBC&S gains from a great deal of campus improvements.

A second Volunteers Week is set for July 11-17. Details are online at

The cost of Volunteers Week is just $15 per person for the week. Children under 6 are free. The minimal cost includes all meals, housing, and activities.

Special landscaping
Among the results of the first week are new floral arrangements along the Creation Walk by the pond and landscaping, including five crabapple trees, near Jackson Hall.

Ross Janowski, who headed the landscaping crew for BBC&S during the first week, said the volunteers' work to help uproot, transplant, garden, and more is invaluable.

"They help keep the campus beautiful and are a jump-start for all the projects we need to get done," Ross said.

See photos of Volunteers Week and campus here.

Family ties
Sherri Scott, who has come to 12 Volunteer Weeks and met her husband at BBC, said the weeks let her give back to campus for all of what the College has given her.

Wesley Scott, her son, started coming on Volunteer Weeks when he was seven years old. Now, he's a freshman at BBC. Sherri says her children have always enjoyed coming to Volunteer Weeks and when given a choice always opt for a chance to come back.

Learn more about Wesley here.

Read more from the May family, who have volunteered in the past and share their story here.

Registration details and more are online at For questions, call 570.585.9330 or email

Work continues this summer on the $4.5 million Kempton Athletic Center, a facility set to open in 2011.

Learn more about the Kempton Athletic Center at

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 6/27/2010 4:36:19 PM

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