Mercer University hosts “Be a Good Neigh’BEAR'” service project

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “Be a Good Neigh’BEAR'” is an annual service project where Mercer University students help clean up different areas of Macon.

This year, one neighborhood was The Village Green. Mercer partnered with The Austin Center for Development to pick up trash in the area and clean the community garden.

“What we’re trying to do today is just to beautify this wonderful community and empower this community to become a safer and cleaner community,” said Frank Austin, founder of The Austin Center for Development.

Addie Dillard is a freshman at Mercer University. She’s no stranger to volunteer work, but this is her first time volunteering for “Be a good Neigh’BEAR'”.

“I think what we’re doing today, no matter how little work it is, it’s going to be a big difference,” explained Dillard.

Mercer’s Campus Life Director, Carrie Ingoldsby, believes these projects benefit student development as well as the community.

“We want students to walk away and think about what they’re passionate about and how they can use that to change the world,” said Ingoldsby.

“Be a Good Neigh’BEAR'” is just an introduction to service. Mercer also hosts Service Saturdays once a month to make sure students have the opportunity to give back to their community. 

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