Close to 2,200 students have signed up to volunteer for Colorado State University’s CSUnity on Saturday, April 18. This record-breaking number is 500 more than volunteered in 2007. From 9a.m.-3 p.m. CSU students will volunteer for numerous agencies throughout Larimer County. This will equate to more than 13,000 hours of service.
In its 13th year of serving Northern Colorado, CSUnity strives to educate students about the importance of community service. Each community partner gives an orientation to the student volunteers informing them about their cause and organizational mission. The orientation helps give students a better understanding of the impact they can have in just a few hours and often engenders a long term commitment to service in each student volunteer.
In addition to current Colorado State students, for the second year, students from Lincoln Junior High are partnering with CSU to participate in the event.
In Fort Collins, CSUnity will kick-off in the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus at 8:30 a.m. when the student volunteers will receive their project assignments, CSUnity t-shirts and free breakfast. From the student center, students will travel throughout the county for their day of service.
For weather updates for the CSUnity events in Fort Collins visit celebrate.colostate.edu. For more information about the event call Keith Colton at (970) 491-1682 or (970) 689-2175.
This year marks the third year of alumni participation. The Alumni Association has partnered with the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement Office to expand the program to alumni and friends nationwide.
This year in Denver, CSUnity will have 170 volunteers who will complete over 735 hours of community service worth nearly $15,000.
Alumni in the Denver metro area will help with projects from the Denver Rescue Mission to picking up trash in lower downtown Denver to gardening at local elementary schools.
Alumni in Kansas City, San Diego and San Francisco will help with projects ranging from the San Diego Rescue Mission to the Community Food Network in Kansas City. This year’s projects outside Denver include 42 volunteers who will complete 85 hours of community service.
A full list CSUnity projects in the Denver area and around the country can be found at the CSUnity link at www.csualum.com/events. Updates regarding the weather and any projects possibly affected will also be listed at this website.
CSUnity has been a meaningful experience for thousands of students and alumni since its inception. CSUnity works with a wide spectrum of nonprofit organizations including the Food Bank for Larimer County; Trees, Water, People; The Open Door Mission; American Diabetes Association, and the Northern Colorado AIDS Project to mention a few.
CSUnity is sponsored by the office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement, Office of Off Campus Student Services, the City of Fort Collins, Residence Hall Association, the Alumni Association, Greek Life, ASCSU, Housing and Dining Services, the Lory Student Center, and Chipotle with support from the Larimer County United Way Volunteer Center.
The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) provides leadership development, service-learning and volunteer opportunities that are mutually beneficial to participants and the community. SLiCE works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, and community partners to offer a broad rang e of enriching and educational opportunities. Through SLiCE programs students can find both support and resources to become civically engaged citizens, scholars and leaders in local, national and global communities. To learn more about SLiCE, visit the Web at www.slice.colostate.edu.