October Volunteer Work Project Continues Tradition of Alumni Volunteering on Campus

By Gary Houseknecht ’66

24 members of the College’s alumni volunteer work crew spent the week of October 5–9 refurbishing Weston Hall, doing records management and collection inventory at the Olive Kettering Library, and repairing and painting the garden’s storage shed—as well as a most important task, which is buying and preparing three meals a day for everybody. Some of the volunteers arrived early and stayed past the 9th, so “Work Project” as we refer to it, contributed a total of 620 labor hours to sprucing up Antioch College.

Bringing Weston Hall back on-line is a high priority because the number of students now on campus means there is a pressing need for a large, central space for socializing, relaxing, and snacking. Weston’s window frames were scraped, primed and repainted, and lighting and related interior electrical work got done. Also, several volunteers put in many hours restoring, painting, and re-installed a beautiful, historic architectural detail: the white wooden railing with lathe-turned balustrades on the balcony over the front door. It’s an example of recent “labor-of-love” volunteer contributions that the College could hardly justify doing with paid labor.

Since the College re-opened there has been a work project every three months including during the week preceding reunion. During the week leading up to the June graduation and reunion this year, 100 volunteers participated in the Alumni Volunteer Work Project. The work project tradition is in its 30th year having begun in the summer of 1986.