PHOTOS: SPARC Day 2014

On August 23, students, faculty, staff, and alumni contributed 3,276 hours of service to positively impact the local community for SPARC Day.

During SPARC Day (Service, Passion, Action, Rollins College), 38 RCC faculty members  and 610 first-year and transfer students volunteered for 27 separate community partners from across Central Florida. They were joined by 71 peer mentors and an additional 100 volunteers. Here, students cool off from the heat at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, where families participated in a family fun day. (Photo by Scott Cook)

English Professor Jill Jones lands at the end of the slide next to a child. The family fun day has become a special annual event for children provided by Coalition for the Homeless. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A total of 819 volunteers participated in SPARC Day 2014. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins' one-day impact on the community can be valued at $61,752.60. The value of a volunteer hour in Florida is worth $18.85, according to a 2011 study by the Corporation for National and Community Service. (Photo by Scott Cook)

(Photo by Scott Cook)

(Photo by Scott Cook)

(Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins students help reduce the trash thrown into landfills by breaking down old mattresses and box springs at the Mustard Seed of Central Florida. The organization helps rebuild the lives of those who have suffered distaster of personal tragedy by providing furnishings and clothing. (Photo courtesy of Tim Emahiser)

Nearly 90 percent of deconstructed mattresses are recyclable, and volunteers break up and sort the parts to promote a more environmentally sustainable community. (Photo courtesy of Tim Emahiser)

Director of Heath Education and Swim Coach Rich Morris' RCC class donated their time to The Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida (RMHCF). The organization provides a home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando. (Photo courtesy of RMHCF staff)

Participants created meals for the Share-A-Meal program, making lunch and dinner for both RMHCF Olrlando locations. (Photo courtesy of Mike McFadden)

Student participants learn more about The Zebra Coalition, an organization dedicated to providing a network of social services for at-risk LGBT youth. (Photo courtesy of Tim Emahiser)

Student participants help Clean the World with sorting and boxing wash clothes for toiletry kits. The nonprofit  collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry to prevent deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses among impoverished people. (Photo courtesy of Tim Emahiser)

(Photo courtesy of Sofia Macias)

Chairman of the Board of Trustees David H. Lord ’69 ’71MBA plays with a child at Opportunity Community Ability. The nonprofit offers recreational and vocational programs to individuals and families with autism or other disabilities so that they are encouraged to stay fully engaged within the community. (Photo courtesy of Tim Emahiser)

Rollins faculty and staff volunteers gather together for SPARC Day. (Photo courtesy of Sofia Macias)

(Photo by Scott Cook)