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Meaningful Acts of Service promote student volunteerism

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 its first fall semester Meaningful Acts of Service with Project Grow, as an opportunity for students to volunteer in the community garden located at the Office of Sustainability.

The WKU ALIVE Center launched its first fall semester Meaningful Acts of Service with Project Grow, as an opportunity for students to volunteer in the community garden located at the Office of Sustainability.

The WKU ALIVE Center launched its first fall semester Meaningful Acts 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,” said Arieal Smith, a WKU first-year student from Glasgow.

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 a.m. Oct. 24 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 Nov. 3, 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.

Contact: Alexus Richardson, (270) 782-0082

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