Each spring for the past 10 years at Colorado State University, hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members unite for a day of service in Larimer County. The CSUnity experience educates students on the importance and rewards of giving back to their community through involvement and service. This year, the event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 8.
Participants in CSUnity are matched with a community partner – either an organization or private community member. Volunteers who are assigned to an organization receive information about their match’s cause and mission. Service to private Larimer County residents can include help around the house or yard.
"Through these experiences, students realize how they can positively affect their community with a few hours of service," said Ashley Withington, the special events coordinator for the office of Student Leadership and Civil Engagement. "More than 1,500 students have registered to participate in CSUnity this year. This record-breaking number almost doubles that of previous years."
The time that students will work on April 8 will equal more than 6,000 hours of service at area businesses and organizations such as Respite Care, Disabled Resources Service and the Environmental Learning Center.
CSUnity is sponsored by the university’s office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, Residence Hall Association, Greek Life, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Housing and Dining Services and Lory Student Center. First National Bank also is a sponsor.
The office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement provides leadership development, service-learning and volunteer opportunities that are mutually beneficial to participants and the community. SLCE works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and community partners to offer a broad range of enriching and educational opportunities. Through SLCE programs, students can find both support and resources to become civically engaged citizens, scholars and leaders in local, national and global communities.
For more information about this day of service, visit www.slce.colostate.edu and click on the CSUnity link or call Jen Johnson at 491-2955.