“Being a part of something that makes a difference like this, you know even whether it’s here or at another non-profit organization, I’m just here to help,” said Shannon Arnim, a student at YSU.
Friday, students from YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration went out to lend a helping hand to different organizations.
“It’s called Dare to Care, and as a part we could select what non-profit groups we could go to in Youngstown,” said Abraham Rasoul, a freshman at YSU.
Rasoul and Arnim both volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.
“I chose the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown because I like kids and you know, it’s interesting to see what the kind of stuff they do here,” Rasoul said.
“It means so much that these students were able to come out and volunteer,” said Rose Saborse, the director of development of the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown.
Arnim and Rasoul were among several other students that helped organize an art room and rearrange books.
“Not only are they getting to learn about the Boys and Girls Club and experience a local non-profit in action, but they’re really taking their time out to help us do things that our team and our staff can’t get to on the everyday, because we’re busy helping the youth of Youngstown,” Saborse said.
Students were able to volunteer at other locations Friday as well, including American Red Cross, Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, OH Wow!, SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) and Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries.
“I’m just one person, but when you get a whole group together and you go out there and you know you show that you care to, for instance, the kids and everything like that it makes a real difference,” Arnim said.
The Williamson College of Business Administration holds its Dare to Care project every year. But, Saborse said they welcome volunteers year around.
“We do offer volunteer activities where people can come in and mentor the kids, they can come in during free time and play basketball or pool with them, or they can come read stories. We have power hour which is from 4-5 p.m. and we have active homework help, so anyone that wants to come and tutor, they’re welcome to come and do that,” she said.