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3rd annual Project Affect, campus and community engagement fair, Sept. 18

The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and the Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility are coordinating the third annual Project Affect, a campus and community engagement fair, on Tuesday (Sept. 18) to show students the ways they can serve their community by partnering with local organizations on and off campus.

“The value of service for students is that they get to see how their time, energy and talents can truly make an impact in the community they call home during their time on the Hill,” said Leah Ashwill, the director of the WKU ALIVE Center.

Project Affect will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at WKU’s Centennial Mall.

“Our goal is to have a wide array of groups participating and reach out to 500 students throughout the day,” said Aurelia Spaulding, coordinator for communications and marketing at the ALIVE Center.

Students will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with campus and community organization leaders about how they can get involved in various service opportunities. Several organizations are involved this year including WKU Leadership and Volunteerism, The Center for Courageous Kids, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, WKU Habitat for Humanity, and Kentucky SAFE Foster Care Agency. Many of the groups will have hands-on projects at their tables to get the students engaged in the idea of service, and students will have the chance to ask questions specifically related to applying their particular interests and academic fields to specific service areas. The event also will feature a live musical performance by Lauren Cunningham and Michael Meece.

A complete list of the participants, as well as an itinerary for the activities of the day, can be found at the Project Affect website at http://www.wku.edu/alive/volunteerism/project_affect.php. In case of rain, Project Affect will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20.

“One person can certainly make a difference in their community by volunteering their time or skills to help someone else,” said Brittany Ryan, the ALIVE Center’s office associate. “However, even more change can be made by people working together, in partnership, for the good of the community.”

Contact: Aurelia Spaulding at (270) 782-0082 or via email at aurelia.spaulding@wku.edu.

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