A group of Morningside College students volunteered their time to help the SCPD clean marked patrol cars on Oct. 2 at the police department.
“The day of volunteering is called into the streets and over 900 students are participating,” said Kailyn Roberts, a senior at Morningside College who was helping with the cleaning effort. “The students are sent throughout town to help with different volunteering projects.”
The four students and a professor who helped at the police department were part of the Morningside Civic Union, a non-partisan group that meets weekly at the college to discuss politics.
The volunteers wiped down windows, vacuumed, and cleaned the dashes of twenty-nine of the department’s thirty-five marked units.
“These cars are officers offices and their efforts will help make the officer’s work space nicer,” said Sgt. Jay Hoogendyk who helped coordinate the student’s efforts.
Into the Streets is a yearly volunteer effort at Morningside College that is organized by the Omicron Delta Kappa chapter at the college. The project is a day of service in which the students give back to the community, explained Roberts.
Rita Donnelly, who is in charge of volunteer programs for the department also helped coordinate the project for the students. Groups interested in volunteer projects involving the department can reach her at email@example.com.