2019-04-12 / News

USC students volunteer at Olympia museum

Contributed by Sherry Jaco


University of South Carolina students Sarah Doyle, Griffin Fickling, Matt Duggan, Emily Haught, Hannah Walton, Matt Binford, Maggie Dobek, Haley Bauer, Nathan Raczkowski. Stephen O’Raurke, Sam Courson, Holly Kuldell, Ivey Spellman, Sam Reavis, James White, Emma Richardson, Athaeva Twuade, Miguel Martinez, Raven Stokes, and Sydney Foster help out at the Olympia Mill Village Museum during the Big Event. University of South Carolina students Sarah Doyle, Griffin Fickling, Matt Duggan, Emily Haught, Hannah Walton, Matt Binford, Maggie Dobek, Haley Bauer, Nathan Raczkowski. Stephen O’Raurke, Sam Courson, Holly Kuldell, Ivey Spellman, Sam Reavis, James White, Emma Richardson, Athaeva Twuade, Miguel Martinez, Raven Stokes, and Sydney Foster help out at the Olympia Mill Village Museum during the Big Event. On Saturday, March 30, over 900 students from the University of South Carolina took part in the annual Big Event, which had student groups fanning out into all the Midlands neighborhoods working on all kinds of volunteer projects.

The Olympia Mill Village Museum was so delighted to have had the chance to meet 19 of these wonderful young USC students who came to volunteer their services in the Olympia Mill Village community.

We started with a brief orientation about the Olympia Mill Village Museum and this historic place. Virtually none of the students had any concept why so many people feel this is hallowed ground. The volunteers came from Florida, Chicago, North Carolina, and numerous small towns in South Carolina.

The jobs were varied: four young ladies traveled up and down Olympia Avenue picking up litter; one crew washed windows at the museum; one crew did some landscaping and planting; and the last crew dusted artifacts and baseboards inside, with one special helper who damp-mopped our 100–year–old heart of pine floors. We have since dubbed this special area the “USC Student Volunteer Garden” in remembrance of this special day.

Every single one of our volunteers was polite, energetic, and willing to work at any and all tasks they had assigned to them. This was such a positive experience for us, and we are so happy we took advantage of this opportunity to meet these delightful young people. We look forward to working with USC’s Big Event again next year.

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