Oklahoma City University students aid community

Students at Oklahoma City University logged thousands of hours of community service during the fall semester.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 2, 2014
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Students from Oklahoma City University tallied more than 4,600 hours in community service projects and raised nearly $12,000 in charitable donations during the fall 2013 semester.

The volunteer projects were capped by the athletic department, which collected a record 12,886 items during a student athlete-led food drive campaign to assist the Skyline Urban Ministry downtown, according to a news release.

The university's Student Government Association formed an effort called OCU Cares this year to track volunteer hours with a software platform called OrgSync.

“This is amazing that we, the students, can organize ourselves and contribute time and effort to make the world a better place,” said Edgars Boitmanis, Student Government Association vice president. “I further encourage students to be active and caring community members.”

Some of the volunteer projects included Homeless Awareness Week, cleaning up litter around Edgemere Elementary School, tornado relief efforts in Moore and helping the Positive Tomorrows school for homeless children.

Kappa Sigma was the organization that collected the most service hours, with 600 hours, while Gamma Phi Beta raised the most funds, with $3,500.