Project AFFECT: Success!

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BOWLING GREEN, KY  –  28 campus and community organizations held booths at a student engagement fair, Project AFFECT, at Western Kentucky University’s Centennial Mall on Thursday, September 16.  Each participating organization offered information on how to get involved through service, as well as engaged visitors in hands-on activities reflective of their cause.  The event was organized by the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, in coordination  with  Housing and Residence Life (HRL) and the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR).

The overriding purpose for the event was to show students the many ways they can get involved on campus and in the community through service.  In addition to service opportunities, Project AFFECT exposed students to a minor at WKU directly related to service-learning and volunteerism:  The American Humanics Association participated in the event and gave out information about a major/minor in nonprofit administration.

Dr. Raymond Poff is the advisor for this new minor.  “This minor helps prepare students to work in the nonprofit sector which, in the USA alone, includes over 1.5 million organizations; internationally, there are many NGOs or non-governmental organizations. Student service involvement is an excellent way to become meaningful contributors to their communities while helping others.”

After speaking with each organization, it is safe to say each booth averaged around 60 visits.  Students were able to speak directly with representatives from each organization and ask them specific questions, which allowed them to get an idea of all the different ways they could contribute to that particular organization.  The types of service opportunities offered by participating organizations satisfied a wide variety of interests ranging from youth to animals, and many more.

“I hope you all will make this event a habit. Now that I’ve heard from my students, I see that this event has made a huge difference! Many of my students chose groups that they would have never even thought about without having the tables there with people to answer questions.”

This event would not have been possible without the support of all 28 organizations that participated, the more than 1,400 students that attended the event, or without WKU Special Events for providing the tables, chairs, and sound system.  This was the first of many more engagement fairs the WKU ALIVE Center hopes to organize.

If there are any questions about Project AFFECT, please contact Jane Wood at jvwood12@gmail.com or (270) 782-0966.  If there are any questions regarding the ALIVE Center, please contact Leah Ashwill at leah.ashwill@wku.edu or (270) 782-0812.

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