Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-12-01

Many Samford University students and employees will share their time, hearts and energy with the greater Birmingham community Saturday, Dec. 4, during the annual Samford Gives Back Day.

More than 160 student volunteers will spend a morning serving others through work at various community agencies and assistance centers. Departure for the 8 a.m-12 noon work shift will follow an on-campus breakfast with a devotional and prayer.

According to Samford assistant dean for campus life Renie Moss, eager volunteers responded quickly to a sign-up opportunity that began on Monday. “By noon on Tuesday, each work site was full, with a number of students who desired that we identify additional sites where they could provide service,” said Moss. “This was a great problem to solve!”

Work locations include Hope Lodge, The Lovelady Center, a Habitat for Humanity build site, Urban Ministries, First Light center for homeless women and children, AIDS Alabama and Brother Bryan Mission. A second group of Samford volunteers, mostly faculty and staff, will pull an afternoon shift at the Habitat for Humanity site.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.