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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.