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From making cards for hospice patients and planting seedlings for future beauty to unloading recyclables and raking leaves, Indiana State students and faculty have been making a positive impact in the community through Donaghy Day.
Named after Fred Donaghy, a 1912 graduate of the Normal School and a professor of life sciences, Donaghy Day began in 1976 as a way to celebrate the season and provide community service. Donaghy Day is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.
“It’s an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to give back to the community,” said Jessica Starr, program coordinator for Indiana State’s Center for Community Engagement. “Fall Donaghy Day is the largest service event the Center of Community Engagement coordinates. In 2015, 1,775 students provided service all over the Wabash Valley – from Terre Haute to Brazil to Clinton and to Marshall, Ill.”
In fact, Indiana State University ranks No. 1 nationally for community service, according to the Washington Monthly 2013, 2014 and 2015 College Guide.
The University’s Center for Community Engagement partners with more than 40 different non-profit organizations to make Donaghy day one of the biggest community service days of the year. Starr said there is a variety of ways that students and faculty members can choose to help on campus and in the community.
“Donaghy Day not only helps students learn about community and public service, but it also creates an opportunity for them to connect with other students and share in this experience together,” Starr said. The day is an important part of Indiana State’s goal to provide opportunities for experiential learning and public service.
“Donaghy Day is a long-standing tradition at Indiana State,” Starr said. “Our community partners enjoy working with our students. Several students have even went back to volunteer on their own time after participating in Donaghy Day. It’s a win-win opportunity for both the students and the community partners.”