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Freshmen go to the streets
Freshman Orientation at Malone College in Canton, Ohio went "Into the Streets" with a program developed in 1995 by Marcia Everett, Director of Humanities at Malone, to make volunteerism a lifelong habit.

Students served during two days in the fall, logging more than 2500 hours with soup kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, and other organizations.

For more information, contact Marcia Everett at or (330) 471-8335.

Health Fair proves a success

Damascus Friends Church (Ohio) offered its first "Health and Fitness Fair" on Saturday, July 31, with health screenings, information booths, massage therapy, and fitness training.

Renee Smith, featured in People Magazine after losing 101 pounds, shared her powerful testimony. The event was coordinated by the Damascus Friends Women's Fitness Program.

For more information, contact Elaine Owen at

Friends regroup after hurricanes
Morningside Friends Church, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, fell in the path of two hurricanes. Though the buildings had little damage, over 3,000 families from the church and school sustained damage or loss. Volunteers worked on the most urgent needs, enabling the school to reopen after only a week.

Jamaica Field Director Frank Carter reported that clothing and supplies were sent to Jamaica, but food shortages will be serious, as most crops on the island were destroyed. One church could provide shelter during the storms because Jackson Friends Church had donated the funds and repaired their roof just two weeks prior to the storm.

Haiti Field Director William Bertrand said that three of the eight Friends churches are located in the mountains, above major flooding. Mission trips to Haiti, canceled since the spring due to political unrest and violence, were reinstated in October when Bertrand left with a work team from Van Wert, Ohio.