After much prayer, deliberation and conversation, we have decided to end Service Living’s seven year run as both a Good Works initiative and an Ohio University student organization. Service Living began in 2009 as the result of a partnership between what was then the Department of Residential Housing at Ohio University and Good Works. This partnership was given life through a grant from the Sugarbush Foundation.
Over the course of Service Living’s lifespan, countless Ohio University students were provided with avenues for interacting with, engaging and serving the Athens County Community. Student volunteers participated in many Good Works initiatives including Good Works Gardens, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, The Timothy House and Friday Night Life. In addition, Service Living cultivated partnerships with community organizations outside of Good Works. Our students partnered with Kimes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Three Rivers Housing, Community Connections, Hickory Creek Nursing Home and Echoing Meadows in an effort to know and care for their neighbors.
Regardless of the context of their work, our student volunteers were continually encouraged to see service as an opportunity to engage their neighbors in friendship. It is our hope that each student that participated in Service Living left the experience with a greater appreciation for the people, beauty, history, culture, values and needs of Athens County.
As we close the book on this initiative, we do so with a degree of sadness. However, our sadness is overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for each community organization and the many student volunteers that we’ve had the privilege of working with over these past seven years. In addition, we would like to extend a special word of thanks to the students (many are now alumni) who served on Service Living’s leadership team over the years. Thank you for honoring us with your passion and commitment to this community.