Through iServe, students worked with approximately 20 community service providers including Habitat for Humanity, Riverside’s Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful project, the Riverwalk Dog Park, and La Sierra University Church. Their work for Habitat for Humanity involved providing a $1,500 paint job on a doublewide trailer in a mobile home park. The painting project helped prevent the eviction of the tenant who is on a fixed income.
Samantha Morales, a pre-dietetics/nutrition major and transfer from Riverside Community College worked with 17 other new students cleaning debris from dirt lots at the corner of California Avenue and Tyler Street in Riverside. A driver stopped briefly and asked about the students’ work, then thanked Morales for their efforts. “It’s pretty cool,” Morales said after the students finished raking litter into green trash bags. “We were actually doing something [of benefit]. It’s something so small, but it does matter.”