Student-led Volunteer Efforts Soar

This story submitted by Ned Nelson.

I’m a junior marketing major at Southern Miss, born and raised in Hattiesburg and graduated from Sumrall High School. Sunday night right after the storm, I started some dialog with various student leaders about the possibility of a student volunteer effort.

On a whim, I created a Facebook event group, and the support took off instantly. Student leaders and faculty responded, and within the first 24 hours we had hundreds to RSVP online. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, despite the rain, 940 people turned out to clean up campus. We were able to bag and document 1,450 bags of debris and trash, and logged nearly 3,000 community service hours.

The event was a success and both students and administration showed so much support. I cannot thank everyone enough who was there to show support for our university. It was the ultimate statement of commitment to our university and community. Thank you for the opportunity for this blog and the information it can condense. SMTTT!!

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