AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - In 2013, the Honors College adopted a theme of poverty as a means to raise awareness on the current issues surrounding poverty across the state of Alabama to our students.
In keeping with Auburn's land-gr ant mission and with Auburn's historic commitment to service, the Honors College developed the k(no)w poverty? Week of Service program. This program was created as a way to give students first-hand experience to the wide array of poverty.
This week nearly 100 incoming Auburn University students are working to give back to the community during the Week of Service.
"Week of service is a signal program for the Honors College because its part of our mission, and the Honors College and also for the university in general. We want really well-rounded students who are doing academically excellent work but also helping the community," says Honors College Director, Tiffany Sippial.
This is the fifth year for this event and officials say they have doubled the number of participants since last year.
"I think it says a lot about students now and how they come into a community, many of them are from out of state. They want to know the community in which they live. They want to understand the issues that affect the local population. They don't really see themselves as just part of the university community, they see themselves as part of a broader community. So I think it really speaks to how socially engaged our students are now," says Sippial.
Students say that being a part of this service week is bettering the community and themselves.
"A lot of kids will come to Auburn and they wont even go off campus. Its a great way to diversify your perspective, which is something that a lot of people need to do when they go to college," says volunteer, Matthew Miller.
"Everyone has their preconceived notions of situations and the way people live and Week of Service offers so many different perspectives that I go into everything with a much more open mind," says volunteer, Sasha Cohen.
The service week will continue through Friday.