WVU students volunteer at Wallace B. Murphy in honor of Day of Service

GRAFTON—Students from West Virginia University volunteered at Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facilty on Monday, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question, by coming together on Martin Luther King  Jr. Day, to serve their neighbors and communities.

WVU Center for Service and Learning Community Coordinator, Catherine Whitworth contacted Activities Director Joyce Moore, about having the students come and volunteer at the nursing care facility.

“We were fortunate to receive a grant. With the grant, we were able to reach out to different community partners,” said Whitmore.

Whitmore added, “We are very happy to be welcomed into the nursing home.”

According to Whitmore, the students were able to choose from different projects in the area, and the project at the nursing care facility filled up very quickly.

Moore  added, “We are happy to have the students here today, the residents have really enjoyed it.”

While volunteering, the students played games with the residents and interacted with them. They also served lunch to the residents. The nursing care facility provided lunch to the volunteers.

WVU students and members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Arielle Warner, Kamorie Dingle, Tinia Jeffers, Courtney Freeman and Brianna Gause, volunteered at the nursing care facility.

Warner, Dingle, and Jeffers visited a few residents one on one. “We loved being able to get to know the residents today,” said Jeffers.

“We are happy to be here for National Day of Service, and being able to give back to the community,” said Warner.

Freeman said, “The sorority is community conscious, being able to volunteer here is something that is on a personal level. I am able to get to know the residents and interact with them.”

Freeman added, the sorority is planning to come back once a month to volunteer at the nursing care facility.

Gause helped the residents play different games, including basketball.

“Today is a day for service and to help others in the community. I enjoy being able to give back,” said Gause.

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