PRIDE partners with Union College for Service Day

Published on
August 17, 2016

PRIDE cleanup PRIDE is partnering with Union College for the institution’s annual Service Day, at which all incoming freshmen participate in community service activities. The event will be held this Friday, August 19 throughout Barbourville and Knox County.

Service Day at Union College comes near the end of the week during the Union College Experience, a two-week freshmen orientation program. New students are encouraged to participate in Service Day to assist the local community and learn how community service supports Union’s mission.

“I want to develop this service experience into a tool for students to see Barbourville and Union as their home,” said Stefanie Edgell, Union College Programming Assistant with AmeriCorps VISTA. “Union could not exist without Knox County, so we are excited to give back, as well as learn about our community.”

This year, nearly 300 freshmen, along with staff and community leaders will participate in the event. Most of the Service Day activity will center around litter abatement activities along roadways and parks in Barbourville and along the Cumberland River. The cleanup efforts help to support the mission of PRIDE and spread awareness about cleanup efforts throughout the organization’s service area.

“PRIDE is focused on spreading awareness of environmental issues throughout our region and throughout the Commonwealth,” said Tammie Wilson, President/CEO of PRIDE. “During Union College Service Day, we have the opportunity to partner with one of our area’s institutions of higher education and work directly with 300 students who will carry our mission forward for us.”  

PRIDE is supporting the event by providing public awareness, volunteer support and will provide supplies to those college students engaging in the cleanup activities. It is just one of the many cleanup events PRIDE supports throughout its 42-county service area.  

Union College’s Service Day was first held on August 22, 2015 and engaged 230 new students in the event. Students picked up roadside trash, removed debris from the Cumberland River and worked at the Barbourville City Recycling Center. PRIDE recognized Union College as “Volunteer of the Month” for those efforts. Throughout the year, Union College students regularly participate in community outreach events through organizations such as Bonner Leaders and Common Partners. Students in those programs can earn scholarships for their civic involvement.

This year, each new Union College student is prepared to provide six hours of community service, which will have a multiplied effect of 1,800 hours of service in the area in one day.

“One person has the power to change the world,” added Wilson. “So, imagine the change 300 college students can have on their community. We appreciate Union College for partnering with PRIDE for this great event.” 

To learn more about PRIDE and the events they promote in other parts of their service area, visit or follow them on Facebook @EasternKentuckyPRIDE.