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Garden Banner created at Homecoming 2012

Each year the CCE sponsors a "Stop-N-Serve" booth, which benefits local non-profit organizations, with the help of Otterbein friends and family.

In 2012, the homecoming service project brought together students, staff, and alumni families to paint a garden banner at the Center for Community Engagement’s Stop ‘n Serve booth. Children's and families' thumbprints morphed into butterflies, birds and flowers on the banner to be displayed as part of a public art project at the Otterbein Community Garden.

Prior projects included making concrete stepping stones at homecoming 2011 to create pathways in the garden in 2012.

In 2010, the Veggie Van Gogh project brought together 50 students, staff, and alumni families to paint ceramic garden tiles and frogs to became a part of a public art project at the Otterbein Community Garden.

In 2009, over 50 people participated in the Empty Cups ‘O Soup project, painting ceramic soup mugs to raise awareness about hunger in Central Ohio. In December, the mugs were part of a soup and bread luncheon on campus to raise additional funds for Otterbein’s community partner, Holy Family Soup Kitchen. 

Also in 2009, the Can Capital campaign focused on the issue of hunger and homelessness in Central Ohio through the Can Capital service day and a canned food drive. Held on October 17, the Can Capital service day allowed 41 Otterbein students and staff to give 82 hours of service to six agencies focused on hunger and/or homelessness in the community. In addition, Otterbein students, staff, faculty and alumni collected 940 lbs of food for Westerville Area Resource Ministries (WARM), which will feed 14 families of four for one week. 

In 2008, the Stop-n-Serve booth benefitted a local animal humane shelter. Friends and family members of Otterbein helped build and paint dog houses to sell to raise money for the shelter.

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