Treasure Savannah: Armstrong Students, Faculty and Staff Serve the Community

On Saturday, October 11, students, faculty and staff gathered in front of the Student Union before heading out to Treasure Savannah, Armstrong’s biannual day of service.

A group of more than 400 Armstrong representatives braved the early morning wake-up call to pose for a group photo at 8:15 a.m., dressed in signature black and yellow Treasure Savannah t-shirts. Before leaving for their respective sites, President Linda Bleicken and Vice President of Student Affairs Georj Lewis addressed the crowd.

“Thank you, Savannah, for caring enough about our young people to start a college,” said President Bleicken. “Now it is our turn to thank you.”

Treasure Savannah has been an Armstrong tradition for six years and provides an excellent opportunity to give back to the community.

“Where else would you want to be at 8 in the morning?” Lewis smiled.

Volunteers could choose from eight local spots: Hoofs 4 Healing, Union Mission Grace House Kitchen, West Broad YMCA, Ambuc Park and Lake Mayer, Hinesville Rivers Alive, Hunter Army Airfield, Forsyth Park and Armstrong’s own Compass Point.

Kwame Phillips, a graduate student in the Professional Communication and Leadership program, went to Lake Mayer to help landscape and clean up the park.

“Today was a beautiful day of giving back to the community of Savannah,” he said. “I look forward to this day where we are able to come together as a community to say ‘thank you’ to those who give their services every day.”

Each place required different types of help. Volunteers at the West Broad YMCA cleaned classrooms, sorted clothing donations and helped plant at the Growing Edge Community Garden. Hoofs 4 Healing, the newest addition, had volunteers painting horse obstacles and helping tidy the horse stables.

Maria Rios, a senior English major, volunteered by cleaning up the Compass Point clubhouse on campus.

“Treasure Savannah, I feel, is a great way to give back to the community,” she said. “At the end of the event, no matter how small your task, you know you put your energies towards something worthwhile.”