Fall into Action with Meaningful Acts of Service

Fall into Action with Meaningful Acts of Service

WKU ALIVE Center promotes student involvement through volunteerism

BOWLING GREEN, KY- The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships is offering an opportunity for students to get more involved in there community through meaningful acts of service that provide monthly volunteer opportunities.

The WKU ALIVE Center launched their first fall semester meaningful act of service with Project Grow, as an opportunity for students to volunteer in the community garden located at the Office of Sustainability.

“I had a wonderful time volunteering at the Office of Sustainability, getting to know about a resource I didn’t know much about. I have learned that even the smallest person can make an impact, and together we can do it all,” Arieal Smith a WKU first year student from Glasgow said.

According to Resource Conservation Coordinator, Elizabeth McGrew, each volunteer was engaged and interested in learning and helping. The food produced in the garden is free to WKU students, staff, and faculty members in need of assistance.

“These experiences of coming together, connecting, and learning is exactly what we want Project Grow and the Community Garden to provide,” McGrew said.

After volunteering, students participated in a reflection that gave them an opportunity to think through their service. Students reflected on ways to further impact the community, and why their service mattered.

The next meaningful service opportunity students can look forward to will be the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome, which recognizes Down Syndrome Awareness month. The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk beginning at 9:00AM on October 24th, 2015 at the Hot Rods Stadium in Bowling Green.

Volunteers are needed to help assist with games, activities, setting up before the walk begins, and clean up. Anyone can contact the Buddy House to volunteer for the event. WKU students, who wish to join the group volunteering for Meaningful Acts of Service, can register at http://bit.ly/maswku.

For the November Meaningful Acts of Service project, students will volunteer with the Parker Bennett Community Center. On November 3rd, volunteers will assist youth with homework.

After volunteering five hours or participating in any Meaningful Acts of Service event students will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last). Liberty Imaging sponsored the t-shirts that volunteers receive this fall. The Center is also looking for sponsors to help with transportation and project supplies during this year. Anyone interested in sponsoring projects can contact the office at 270-782-0082.

The WKU ALIVE CCP connects students, faculty, staff, and community members to resources and opportunities for meaningful service and public scholarship. The ALIVE CCP supports community development locally and abroad through campus and community partnerships.

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