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Nearly 210 Lycoming College volunteers participated in National Volunteer Week by helping homeowners in Williamsport and surrounding areas tackle year work. The students also assisted the City of Williamsport in cleaning up public spaces, such as Brandon Park, The Riverwalk, and Downtown Williamsport. The College visited 38 locations in total.
Due to age or infirmaries, many residents are unable to tend to many outdoor tasks themselves, and that’s when the students step in.
Spring Clean-Up Day at Lycoming College began several years ago when Steve Wiser, assistant football coach at Lycoming College, contacted Beth McMahon, Ph.D., Favors Forward Foundation, because he wanted to give his football players an opportunity to give back to the community. Since Favors Forward is a nonprofit group of volunteers whose mission is to assist individuals and families facing life-changing hardships, Wiser’s plan was perfect.
As the event expanded to include other athletics teams and this year even non-athletes, including other student organizations, sororities and fraternities, Mallory Weymer, director of civic engagement and personal development at Lycoming College, assisted with coordination.
The clean-up effort is conducted in collaboration with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s 2019 Richard James Memorial City Clean-Up (https://www.facebook.com/events/345004696221153/). More information about Favors Forward is available at www.favorsforward.com.