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New Students Invited to Take 'First Year Plunge' Saturday

August 22, 2004

August 22, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The 682 new students who arrived on the DePauw University campus yesterday are busy unpacking and settling into their dorm rooms, but next weekend many of them will be canvassing Greencastle neighborhoods and working with non-profit agencies to better the local community. On Saturday, August 28, you're invited to take part in the First Year Plunge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested students should gather at the Bowman Park by ten o'clock.

Most volunteers will go door-to-door in neighborhoods around DePauw's campus seeking food and toiletries to benefit the Putnam County Emergency Food Bank. Others will be dispatched to one of three sites in the Greencastle area -- Hope's Way, Greencastle Presbyterian Church and Computer Technology Enhancement Program -- to do clean-up and fix-it projects. Most will go door-to-door in neighborhoods around DePauw's campus seeking food and toiletries to benefit the Putnam County Emergency Food Bank.

Cindy Babington, dean of students at DePauw University, calls the event an introduction into the community where students will spend much of their next four years. 

"It allows them an opportunity to become connected to community organizations and gives citizens of the community a glimpse of DePauw students beyond the stereotypes they may hold," said Babington. "I think they'll make new friends among their classmates and neighbors, and have fun while helping some very good causes."

From 10 until 1, students and local residents who'd like to donate items to the food bank can also drop them off at Bowman Park on the DePauw campus. If you live beyond walking distance from the campus, volunteers can also come to your home and pick up donations. Items needed include: canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and salmon, and non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, and juice. Miscellaneous paper products, toilet paper and office or school supplies will also be collected.

For more information please call the Hartman House at (765) 658-4622.

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