Cheyney University TRiO Scholars Provide Community Service in Delaware

April 7, 2017

Cheyney University TRiO Scholars join students from Delaware State University in a day of service in The First State

Cheyney University TRiO Scholars join students from Delaware State University in a day of service in The First State

Students from Cheyney University and Delaware State University spread out all over the Delaware, The First State, Saturday to do community service projects as part of Delaware State University’s annual “Inspired Day of Service”.

More than 300 students participated in simultaneous community service projects at various locations including the Bellevue Community Center and West End Neighborhood House, both in Wilmington; the Food Bank Delaware facility in Milford; Habitat for Humanity projects in Ellendale and Georgetown; as well as for the Feeding the Needy project.

Lamirah Coleman, an 18-year-old Early Childhood and Special Education major at Cheyney, says she learned how to be a team-player while volunteering at the Bellevue Community Center which offers educational programs, recreational services, a summer camp, classes and a community garden.

"I also learned how to be open-minded when it comes to trying new things such as gardening. I love to give back to the community."

Coleman is one of 140 students in Cheyney's TRiO-SSS Scholars Program, a federally-funded program serving low-income and first-generation college students, as well as individuals with disabilities, to progress through the academic pipeline to earn a college degree. In collaboration with departments like the Academic Success Center and the Writing Center on campus, TRiO staff members offer coaching and ensure that Cheyney students meet their academic goals. All services are free and available to any student who qualifies under federal guidelines.

"The benefits of being an active TRiO scholar includes participating in engaging and fun activities, creating positive relationships with my peers, and having support services for me to prosper academically and professionally," shares Coleman. 

Del State's Inspired Day of Service provided Coleman, her TRiO counterparts, and scholars from both HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) with an opportunity to serve in the community and build relationships.

According to a Del State official; "The day demonstrated that service continues to be a part of the cultural fabric of HBCUs and serves as a reminder that these institutions have and will continue to produce the next generation of leaders who will engage in change movements that make a significant impact in our communities."