The Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement at Mary Baldwin College presents the first installment of its annual Community Service Speaker Series today, welcoming representatives of two local outreach agencies: the United Way and Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro.
Each year, the college hosts about 20 speakers from a diverse range of non-profit organizations and outreach agencies — from anti-hunger groups to mentoring services — as one way to promote positive town-gown relations and in support of service learning and community involvement.
Co-sponsored by the departments of philosophy, religion, and sociology and the Quest Program Sessions, the series is open to all students, faculty, and staff and are held from 1 to 1:50 p.m. each Wednesday in Miller Chapel.
Guest speakers describe the missions of their organizations, the programs offered, talk about their own “calling” for service, and provide information about possible volunteer opportunities at their agencies. Faculty serving as advisers to freshmen as well as colleagues in social science disciplines and professional areas are encouraged to pass along to students the schedule listed below.
Sept. 14: Getting Involved in the Community
Cynthia Pritchard: United Way, executive director
Anna Leavitt: Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro, coordinator
Sept. 21: Living Locally
Meghan Williamson: Staunton Creative Community Fund, executive director
Julie Markowitz: Staunton Downtown Development Association, director
Sept. 28: Serving the Elderly
Lori Pullin: Staunton Senior Center, program director
Oct. 5: Serving the Hungry
Robin Swecker: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Ralph Steger: Verona Community Food Pantry
Oct. 12: Activism
Sherry Stanley: Activist, organizer
Emily Riehl: Virginia Organizing, Shenandoah Valley organizer
Oct. 19: Animal Welfare
Renee Clark: Cat’s Cradle
Kathryn Dobbins: Mosby Foundation board member and doctor of veterinary medicine
Oct. 26: Tutoring and Post-Graduation Service
Tyrell McElroy: Boys and Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton & Augusta County, chief professional officer
AdaSue Myers: Historic Staunton Foundation and recent MBC graduate
Nov. 2: Community Development through Gardens
Lisa Klein: Staunton Police Department, public information officer
Ryan Blosser: Community Gardens
Nov. 9: International Service and Post-Graduation
Ben Burnes: Peace Corps, regional recruiter
Sylvia Woodworth: LEARN and VISTA
Nov. 16: Building Capacity to Address Hunger and Homelessness
Susie Miller: Valley Mission, director of development and public relations
Soula Pefkaros: Americorps VISTA and capacity building