National Volunteer Week offers ways to get involved April 22-26th

WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and WKU Leadership and Volunteerism encourage campus and community members to Keep Calm and Serve during National Volunteer Week activities April 22-26, 2013. According to research from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, volunteering has a number of health-related benefits, and the two WKU offices want participants in the week’s activities to understand how getting involved on campus and in the community can benefit oneself as well as others.

 

The activities during National Volunteer Week will encourage participation in a variety of capacities to address a number of issues. On-campus activities include the CANstruct for a Cause and WKU Yard Sale which address local food access and Style a Senior which provides a way to benefit seniors through companionship activities. CANstruct for a Cause collections will be donated to the American Red Cross, The Food Abides: WKU Food Pantry, and HOTEL INC.  The WKU Yard Sale proceeds will benefit Backpacks for Feeding, a feeding program for youth in need. During Style a Senior participants will learn about ways to volunteer with senior programs in the area as well as make scarves for participants in Community Action Senior Centers.

 

WKU senior Jazmin Walker from Henderson, KY has volunteered with senior communities in the local area and with youth programs in his hometown. He believes having opportunities like National Volunteer Week help individuals know how they can make a difference: “People need events like this to provide awareness of issues in the community because often times we overlook things not affecting us, but we need to help others. Events like National Volunteer Week offer many different ways for students to get involved and give back.”

 

In addition to the on-campus activities, individuals can also volunteer at opportunities throughout the community such as Greenways, Humane Society, Salvation Army, Housing Authority of Bowling Green, and Parker Bennett Community Center. Anyone interested in volunteering at the community service events, should contact the ALIVE Center at 270-782-0082 or Leadership & Volunteerism at 270-745-4434 to sign up to volunteer.

 

According to research from the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, volunteering has a number of benefits. “Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer,” the report provides.

 

In order to highlight all of the service activities of students, faculty, and staff throughout the year, Snapshots of Service will be accepted until April 17th at noon and voted on at the on-campus activities during National Volunteer Week. Anyone wanting to donate nonperishable items, t-shirts, or yard sale items can drop off the items until April 17th.  Details about the photo contest and drop-off locations can be found at www.wku.edu/volunteerweek. The ALIVE Center and Leadership & Volunteerism want to encourage campus and community members to take part by volunteering with the project during the week.

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