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WKU students, community groups prepare for Big Red’s Blitz

Thirty-four organizations and agencies will take part in the largest Big Red’s Blitz day of service on record, fitting for its 10th anniversary.

WKU students will volunteer at 34 organizations and agencies on Aug. 21 during the annual Big Red's Blitz day of service.

WKU students will volunteer at 34 organizations and agencies on Aug. 21 during the annual Big Red’s Blitz day of service.

The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and Housing and Residence Life spent the last four months planning for this year’s Big Red’s Blitz. During that time, 400 WKU students registered to participate in the event on Thursday (Aug. 21) as part of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding).

The WKU students will provide up to four hours of service during the event — starting shortly after 10 a.m. Volunteers are sent out into the community in small groups to complete various service projects. In addition, partnering organizations take this opportunity to educate students on their services and ways they can get more involved while at WKU.

The event began in 2004 with a handful of students and nonprofit organizations, and now it is one of the highlighted campus and community partnership events of the year.

“We are excited about partnering with Big Red’s Blitz this year and having students assist in cleaning up our campus,” said Karen Manley, Natcher Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinator. “With our faculty, staff and students busy focusing on instruction it is nice to have others from our community assist us in having a clean school which contributes to school culture and an appealing atmosphere,”

The Big Red’s Blitz projects range from volunteering with schools to landscaping and working with animals. There are a number of diverse projects for students to volunteer with this year. Some of the partnering organizations include American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Warren Central High School, HOTEL INC, and the Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society.

For information on Big Red’s Blitz, contact the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships at (270) 782-0082. For a full list of 2014 project sites and partnering organizations, visit www.wku.edu/alive.

Big Red’s Blitz has been a partnership event between Housing & Residence Life and the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships since 2004. The ALIVE CCP serves as the primary contact for partners and projects. The ALIVE CCP is committed to bringing campus and community together for the enrichment of both higher education and public life. The ALIVE Center facilitates collaborative efforts that address local, regional, and global needs while enhancing the level of student learning and educational experience.

Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082.

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