Missouri Southern staff, students volunteer for Day of Action

Thirty-two individuals from Missouri Southern volunteered their time to help better the community during the United Way Day of Action on June 19.

Nicole Brown helps 3-year-old McKenzie Ray make cookies while volunteering at Children's Haven. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe)
Nicole Brown helps 3-year-old McKenzie Ray make cookies while volunteering at Children’s Haven. (Roger Nomer/The Joplin Globe)

They were among more than 200 volunteers who were assigned to a United Way-affiliated partner agency for the day, offering assistance that ranged from spreading mulch and playing with children to organizing supplies and filing. The worldwide event is designed to channel volunteerism efforts to “improve the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability and health,” according to the organization.

Students and employees from Missouri Southern gave their time at Children’s Haven, Lafayette House and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Volunteers included Faustina Abrahams, Nicole Brown, April Bunch, Abigail Buttle, Cheryl Dobson, Chris Eller, Pamela Hosp, Nathan Hicks, Sohaila Hicks, Elaine Sandtorf, Brianna Smith, Josh Thompson, Jessica Waldo, Julie Wengert, Jocelyn Wengert (Julie’s daughter) and Kelly Wilson

Along with Coach Ronda Hubbard, the women’s basketball team also took part in the Day of Action: Dru Clark, April Gebke, Kayla Kivinski, Kenya Brown, Tami Morice, Chelsey Henry, Anna Hignight, Desirea Buerge, Jordan Dinyer, Deborah Holcomb, BriAnna Shavers, Jenson Maydew, Verjell Bowleg, Sharese Jones and Kate Frazier.