Sixth Annual ‘State Day Of Service’ Set For Saturday
For the sixth year in a row, Penn State students will dedicate a day notoriously reserved for drinking to improving the State College community.
On Saturday, February 27, AKA State Patty’s Day 2016, roughly 300 student volunteers will meet at Alumni Hall in the HUB at 9 a.m. to prepare for their day of service. Sponsored by IFC, Panhellenic, and the Council of LionHearts, the afternoon will include visits to places in and around State College like Boal Mansion, Center Peace, and State Sweep to help the organizations with programming, general tasks, and more.
The LionHearts Council originally kicked off State Day of Service in 2010 as an alternative to State Patty’s Day. The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council joined in the following years to support the initiative.
“We really want to be able to give back to the community that has given us so much over our college careers,” LionHeart council member Rebecca Davies told Onward State in 2014. “We really regret all of the damage that’s been caused by our classmates and visitors who come in for this weekend for absolute destruction. We want to give back and show the community this isn’t the way we want to treat our home.”
This year, the students will visit more than 20 non-profit centers throughout the day.