Campus Ministries helps 'Rake up Caldwell'

Every year, The College of Idaho’s Campus Ministries program participates in service both locally and around the world. C of I students continued that tradition and helped brighten Thanksgiving for Caldwell families by participating in the annual “Rake up Caldwell” event on Nov. 19. Campus minister Phil Rogers and assistants Cindi Duft and Phil Antilla were joined by nearly 50 students for the Saturday afternoon event, making “Rake up Caldwell” one of the best-attended Campus Ministries service projects of 2011.

“We’ve been working hard to have a once-a-month service activity here in the community,” said C of I senior Mackenzie Crawford, one of six student interns for Campus Ministries. “We contacted the Caldwell mayor’s office to see how we could help out, and when they invited us to team up and rake leaves, we were happy to do it.”  

In three hours, the C of I group raked more than 30 lawns belonging to elderly or disabled Caldwell residents. Overall, the “Rake up Caldwell” project served hundreds of local families who could not have raked and cleared the leaves themselves.

“I was surprised by how long it took to rake each yard and how much work it was,” Crawford said. “Raking doesn’t really seem like a big deal, but it is for these families. There is a lot of need for it in Caldwell, and we are hoping the entire campus will join in next year.”

Campus Ministries is offering many opportunities for students to serve in the coming months. Winter Break service trips to San Francisco and Haiti are already full, but Duft said volunteers are needed for a Winter Break trip to Boise to remodel the interior and illustrate the exterior of a mobile unit that will serve rural areas for Stanton Healthcare, a nonprofit pregnancy clinic. There also is space available for 2012 Spring Break service trips to Mexico and Caldwell, and Campus Ministries is working to set up a winter term project to assist elderly Caldwell residents through the Canyon County Organization on Aging. Campus Ministries encourages people of all ages and beliefs to offer service to those in need, especially here in the Caldwell community.

“We believe it’s important to give back to people who need help,” Crawford said. “When we help those around us, we are making reality of what the Bible teaches us.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, or to sign up for a service trip, contact Phil Rogers ([email protected]) or Cindi Duft ([email protected]). Students also are invited to participate in Campus Ministries Late Night every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in KAIC.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit