The Linfield chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity spent two weekends building a playground for a local Yamhill Community Action Partnership homeless shelter.
The project originally began during Linfieldâ€™s Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27. Approximately 25 Kappa Sigma members and YCAP staff spent the day leveling a 28 x 28 square foot piece of land and filling the area with mulch. The following Saturday, the fraternity returned to assemble the play structure that will benefit the shelterâ€™s young residents for years to come.
Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator, said that this project gave the fraternity a chance to interact with the residents of the homeless shelter and learn how YCAP assists shelter families and individuals in moving toward self-sufficiency.
â€œThis project exemplifies the ideals of Make a Difference Day because it was a meaningful community service project that stemmed from a true community need,â€ Wade said. â€œIt highlights the collaborative spirit necessary to get things done and demonstrates the power of community service to increase awareness and transform studentsâ€™ perceptions of social problems.â€
Linfield sophomore Connor Lieb also found this to be a beneficial project that gave the members perspective.
â€œThe shelter residents told us all, as a group, how much they value their relationships with their children,â€ Lieb, who is also the Kappa Sigma community service chair, said. â€œIt was cool to see who this was directly benefiting.â€
For more information about Make a Difference Day or other community service projects, call Wade at 503-883-2636.