by Katie Dahl

Algonquin students took a trip to the Ottawa Mission Jan. 28 to volunteer their time with help of the organization from Community Projects.

As part of the Student’s Affairs and Orientation’s second volunteer effort of the new year, 11 students gave up their afternoon to give back to the Ottawa community.

They arrived by school bus and upon arrival were introduced to the mission’s manager of media and community relations, Shirley Roy, as well as the coordinator of volunteers, Miriam Paul. The volunteers watched a short video on what the Ottawa Mission is about and what it does for the community they got to work.

With a quick wash of the hands and slightly less enthusiastic placement of hair nets and paper hats the students sorted out the supplies and began building.

Working in assembly-line fashion, the group was able to complete the entire sandwich making in less than the two hours that they were allotted.

“Students appreciate that we provide these types of opportunities for them in the community,” stated Valarie Bowman, student affairs and orientation officer, who organizes the events.

“They allow for students to not only get involved with the community of Ottawa but also build their co-curricular resume.”

With the theme of Super Bowl in mind, deli meat sandwiches and party mix were on the menu, along with Nutella sandwiches for dessert.

“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” said Aga Szkraba, event management student, about her experience as a first-time volunteer.

“Volunteering is a really important part of the college experience,” added Szkraba. Due to her positive experience of the day she has already signed up for a future volunteer event with Community Projects.