Students with Ohio Valley University are offering helping hands this weekend, all across the valley.
It's called a flash serve. Just like a "flash mob," but instead of dancing, the students are drawing attention by serving.
"The flash serve consists of students from Ohio Valley University coming into the community trying to serve and give back to the community. One of our strategic initiatives this year is linking community and learning so this is one way that we're able to do that," says OVU Executive Vice President, Jeff Dimick.
Students were literally all over the valley participating in a variety of service acts.
"They are at the Salvation Army where they are working at the thrift shop folding clothes, organizing, stuff like that. They are at the Women's Care Shelter where they are cleaning and organizing paperwork for them. They're here at the Latrobe Street Mission where you can see they are hammering and pulling out carpet and getting this place ready to open. They are at the Alzheimer Center where they are helping them prepare for their event next weekend, their big walk that they're having," explains OVU Student Coordinator, Michelle Carte.
And students enjoy the days events knowing their hard work will pay off.
"When I come back and see the nails that I put into the wall and if there was a person that was actually moved by this by being here and it actually helped, I would know that I helped them just by putting one nail in the wall," says student Gabrielle Jordan. "The thing with college students is that a lot of times they are thought to go and party all the time. The thing about being a college student at OVU that's not the student's motives. It's because they really like working and helping to serve God," Jordan adds.
It's all part of the mission of the college.
"Integrating faith and service. That's one of the cornerstones at Ohio Valley University and so by giving back to the community, giving back to individuals really enhances the overall college experience," says Dimick.
Over 70 students volunteered their time to the community Saturday.
Freshman participate in the day of service as a new student orientation. There were also returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors helping out as well.