The Morningside College chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society, will host its first “Into the Streets” ODK Service Day on Tuesday, March 27, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
“Into The Streets” is a campus-wide community service day designed to bring Morningside students, faculty, and staff together for thoughtful community service to several non-profit agencies in the Sioux City community. The project’s mission is to provide learning experiences that challenge participants to volunteer on a regular basis.
Members of ODK will be assisted in their efforts by Morningside’s office of Campus Ministries and Student Government.
“The purpose in establishing this service project was to get students more involved with the community and build an even stronger relationship between the college and the city,” said Missy Keiper, a senior at Morningside and one of the student coordinators for the event. “It's important for students to have the experience of volunteering to see the benefits not only for the community but also for themselves.”
In addition to Keiper, other student coordinators of the project include Zachary Hindman, senior from Sioux City; Tiffany Taylor, junior from Villisca, Iowa; Samantha Wenger, senior from Danbury, Iowa; and Cassie Zimmerman, senior from Oxford, Iowa.
Agencies taking part in the service project include the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Food Bank of Siouxland, Girls, Inc., Ronald McDonald House, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, and the Sioux City Gospel Mission, among others. Other non-profit agencies who would like to participate in this day of service are encouraged to call Keiper at (712) 222-3344 by March 19.
ODK encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Each year, the society recognizes achievement in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus and community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and the mass media, and the creative and performing arts. Chapters are located on more than 300 campuses throughout the nation.