The Leadership and Community Connections unit of the Dean of Students Office has created a new program, September Service Saturdays. This volunteer opportunity offers students the chance to give back and participate in community service that will benefit the Bloomington-Normal community.
Kyle Rindfleisch, a specialist in Leadership and Community Connections states that there are many benefits to participating in September Service Saturdays, including “the flexible time period as you can participate in one Saturday project or come out every Saturday in September. This is also an opportunity to get volunteer hours for your class or student organizations, get connected to the community, meet new people and make a difference right away.”
All service projects will take place on September 12, 19, and 26 from 9 am – 1 pm. Check-in will be at the Leadership and Community Connections Office, located in the Bone Student Center on the second floor next to the ISU Credit Union. Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the service project starts to get checked in and receive supplies for the day. Transportation to service projects will be provided, but it is highly encouraged and appreciated if students can arrange their own. Some service projects will also be within walking distance.
Some of the local organizations that will benefit from September Service Saturdays include: Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Midwest Food Bank, CISAR Animal Shelter, The Town of Normal, Home Sweet Home Ministries, Ecology Action Center, Collen Hoose Elementary School, Center for Hope, and MARCFirst.
Spaces are limited each Saturday, so early registration is encouraged. For any questions please contact Leadership and Community Connections at LCC.DOS@IllinoisState.edu.
Megan Snodsmith was a contributor to this article.