Shippensburg University students look to serve area

As the semester begins, Shippensburg University students are again planning another year of providing volunteer service to the region.

Students annually provide valuable service to the community and beyond. Last year, students volunteered more than 20,000 hours of community service and thousands of dollars in cash or material to civic and community organizations.

One organization that is planning for this year is the Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) organization. Its first event is the Colors of Hope 5K run/walk Oct. 20. The event will be at Britton Park and is open to the public. Registration is at noon and the race will begin at 1 p.m. All donations will go to the club’s Relay for Life total for 2014.

“Last year we had over 200 people attend this event and we hope to make it even bigger this year,” said CAC President Sarah Antonelli. The event raised more than $2,500 last year.

According to the American Cancer Society website, “CAC is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.”

All donations at all events hosted by CAC are given to the Relay for Life program that is part of the American Cancer Society.

Elizabeth Purswani and Nicole Wootten started CAC at Shippensburg in 2009. Purswani was a residence director at Shippensburg from 2008 to 2011 and is assistant director for campus activities and programming at the university. Wootten graduated in 2012.

Last year, CAC donated more than $42,000 to Relay for Life.

For more information, contact Antonelli at