More than 30 employees and students from Rasmussen College’s Tampa/Brandon campus recently helped build benches and stain a stage for North Brandon Family YMCA’s amphitheater.
Darren Dannelly, the executive director of the Brandon facility, 3097 S. Kingsway Road, said the volunteers helped as part of the 7th annual community service day on July 24.
“It was amazing to see such an energetic group on such a rainy day,” Dannelly said. “Their spirits were high and you could tell everyone there genuinely wanted to help.”
More than 12,000 Rasmussen College employees and students from its 23 campuses and three central offices participated in the national service day event, according to Molly Andersen, a media relations manager at the college.
Some of the college students and employees volunteered at the Pace Center for Girls, where they painted a community mural designed by Anthony Sims, an instructor with the School of Design at Rasmussen College. Pace is a community-based, non-residential prevention, diversion and early intervention program.
Dannelly said people use the amphitheater for summer day camp gatherings and performances, YMCA Teen Leaders Club, family nights and Pool-A-Palooza, which are family pool parties.
“It is ready now and has already been used this summer,” he said. “The benches will be installed next week.”
Dannelly said he could feel the sense of community spirit during the community service day.
“Everyone from Rasmussen jumped in to help where they could and it was obvious they were there to make a difference,” he said.
For information on how to volunteer for the YMCA, call (813) 275-9622.