by Public Relations
Cedarville students have traveled the globe to participate in missions, but sometimes the most influential, real-world service is right here at home. Cedarville students and staff spent a day in December giving back to the Dayton community. Scott Huck, University photographer, and three students volunteered for Help-Portrait, a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need.
Help-Portrait was started by Jeremy Cowart, celebrity photographer, in order to give portraits to those who cannot afford professional photography. The movement encourages photographers to find someone in need, take their portrait, print it and deliver it. During the holiday season, volunteers photographed the homeless, the sick, military veterans, single parents or anyone that needs a reason to smile. The movement encourages photographers to give families something they may never have had before — a portrait together.
“I had no idea the people we would be working with and what affect we would have on them and they on us,” said sophomore Korinna Waggoner. “They were so genuine and nice. They came in either by themselves or with their families and by the time they were done, a huge smile had grown on their faces.”
Huck and Waggoner were joined by juniors Caleb Wagner and Sandi Patton. The group traveled to Dayton for the day in order to serve the low-income community. They joined about 38 other volunteers and took portraits of the visitors. Wagner helped with setup, printing and delivering pictures to the guests.
“It was pretty neat to see the reaction of the low-income families that we primarily served when they first saw their portrait!” said Wagner. “For some, it was the first portrait they ever had taken. But we didn't just take their picture — we gave them their portrait.”
Waggoner added, “I have a passion for photography but always struggled with seeing the connection between photography and volunteering/ministry. Help-Portrait Dayton was that connection.”
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