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Kettering College Staff Participates in Third Staff Service Day

About forty staff members at Kettering College participated in their annual Staff Service Day on March 7, distributing food, sorting clothing, and assembling journals and craft supplies among other tasks.

Nick Henson, director of finance and administration (pictured below), and Bridget Aiello, administrative assistant to the dean for academic affairs, collaborated on selecting four sites for this year’s staff service day. Henson volunteered, alongside other staff members at We Care Arts, an organization that strives to increase confidence and artistic skill in individuals navigating disabilities. He assisted with cutting out and painting craft supplies.

(left to right) Nick Henson, Sean Byrd, and Mary Kay Cobb volunteer with We Care Arts during the Staff Service Day in March.

Sandy Tuttle, administrative assistant for the sonography and the respiratory care departments, assisted in managing tasks for a site this year. She volunteered alongside staff members at the Threads Ministry sorting clothing and helping switch out seasonal wear kept in storage. As a member of Miamisburg Christian Church, Tuttle has been previously involved with the ministry from when it started out as church outreach and has now become an independent 501(c)(3).

“It is good for the staff to get the opportunity to step into the community and be the hands and feet of Jesus while representing Kettering College,” Tuttle said. “It creates teamwork and strengthens relationships among staff and administration as we work side-by-side in service to others.

 

Sandy Tuttle pictured far right help organize clothes with other staff members (left to right Cathy Roth, Mary Guzman, Mindi Collins, and Ben Hotelling) from Kettering College during the Staff Service Day in March.

Director of Student Finance Kim Rawlins shared that in addition to the staff service day organized by Kettering College administration, the student finance team has closed their offices for one full day each semester since 2018 to participate in their own service project. The Student Finance team all served together at Crayons for Classrooms in Kettering, a free store for teachers from under-funded pre K-12 schools; and the Good Neighbor House in Dayton, a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and household items to under-served individuals and families in the Greater Dayton Region.

(from left to right) Robin Clinfelter, Sarah Shultz, Melissa Franklin, Kim Rawlins, and Shannon Hammons–Student Finance team who take a day once a semester to participate in a service day.

“We have enjoyed our service projects very much,” Rawlins said. “Each of us in student finance has served our community individually in the past, but we thought it would be beneficial for our team camaraderie, as well as the community, to find service projects we could participate in together.”

Henson added that service projects among staff and students alike have encouraged cooperation and teamwork, emphasizing Kettering’s mission of serving as a life calling, all while contributing a positive impact to the surrounding community.

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