Tiger Serve

Ouachita Baptist University students at work during a past Tiger Serve Day.

Ouachita Baptist University’s Elrod Center for Family and Community will host Tiger Serve Day on Saturday, September 26, encouraging Ouachita students, faculty and staff to serve the Arkadelphia community even amid a global pandemic.

The Elrod Center is continuing its semi-annual event as it has every fall for the past 23 years, with “Back to the Streets” as the theme for the 2020-2021 academic year.

“The idea of the Elrod Center is to highlight service,” said Ian Cosh, vice president for community and international relations. “We should have an impact on the community we’re a part of.”

Due to public health concerns, members of the Tiger Serve Day Leadership Team carefully formulated a plan to take precautions concerning COVID-19 that meet Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and Ouachita’s Health Monitoring and Action Team (HMAT) guidelines, particularly by preventing close contact among students and those they will be serving.

This year, the Elrod Center has organized a city-wide cleanup that gives students the opportunity to directly serve their city. With the theme “Back to the Streets,” project areas will include parks, school grounds and neighborhood trash pickup, as well as painting and lake cleanup.

The Tiger Serve Day Leadership Team began meeting six weeks before the event to begin preparations. The student group works tirelessly to publicize, recruit volunteers, create teams and prepare tools for the event. The team has also been working with Arkadelphia city officials to assemble jobs for volunteers.

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