Service Project Provides Facelift to Historic Community Building

Campus service organizations partner with The Salvation Army of Kankakee County.

November 5, 2020 Campus Life

While many things on Olivet Nazarene University’s campus have changed to accommodate new rules and regulations, the emphasis that the University places on serving one another in love has remained a principal value within the student body. 

This semester, students have found creative ways to show the love of Christ those around them. On October 17 and 24, 13 students who volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, HeArt Ministry and Save Our Streets participated in service projects with The Salvation Army of Kankakee County.

Anna Wertman, a senior at Olivet and a student intern with The Salvation Army says, “As someone who enjoys serving others, it was encouraging to see my fellow students taking time out of their Saturday to serve their community in this way.”

The Salvation Army has found many ways to adapt to serve the surrounding community during this season of increased hardship. Students who participated in this day of service repainted the lobby of the Salvation Army, refinished the welcome desk, and created a mural within the building. In making these changes, The Salvation Army hopes that the people who enter will feel more welcome and be able to better sense the organizations mission.

Co-leader for Habitat for Humanity, junior Kaylie Salopek, helped to organize the initiative. “The Salvation Army is such an amazing ministry that God has been using especially during this time,” she says. “It’s been a blessing to get to know their staff and help bring their vision for the space to life.”

For more information about the Office of Spiritual Life contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

Published 11/5/20

Student on main campus wearing pink sweater and holding water bottle.

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