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Spring Plunge Sends Volunteers into the Community

Spring Plunge Sends Volunteers into the Community

By Maria Slovikovski ’17

Approximately 275 Otterbein students volunteered their time to service on Saturday, April 2, during the Center for Community Engagement’s annual Spring Plunge.  This year’s “Wonderful World of Service” themed event served 22 community sites across the greater Columbus area.

“Westerville was built around Otterbein so it is important to stay connected with our community. Spending the day giving to others helps me feel whole and accomplished and is an intricate part of the Otterbein experience,” said senior Katie Comyns, a Columbus Metropolitan Library site leader.

Small groups of students did everything from organizing records at the Westerville Symphony to cleaning the barn at Dreams on Horseback to organizing books at the New Albany Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  The Spring Plunge isn’t simply a day of service for Otterbein students; it means much more.

“The plunge always humbles me.  The service we do really makes a difference in our community and this is a great feeling,” said junior Tim Neptune, a service site leader at the Westerville Symphony.

“Knowing that what we are doing helps someone else is amazing. It may not be the most glorious work, but if it benefits someone else it is well worth it,” said sophomore Josh Plichta, a Dreams on Horseback site leader.

See all the places Otterbein volunteers were for Spring Plunge in our Flickr photo gallery.

The Westerville News & Public Opinion reported on the efforts of one group, Friends of Alum Creek & Tributaries (FACT), to eradicate invasive species. This year, volunteers from Otterbein’s Spring Plunge joined them. Read more here.

Learn more about Otterbein’s Center for Community Engagement.