|Big Event program seeks volunteers|
It will be time for the Big Event sooner that we think. A goal of the 125 Year Celebration Events Committee is to dramatically expand the volunteer involvement of faculty, staff, and administration in this service to the community event Saturday, April 14. We want to move toward that goal this year. The event is managed by Student Government but it is intended to be an opportunity for the entire University community to give back to our community.
Here are some examples of the kind of work that is done: wash windows, clean up a yard or a park, type or hand write a letter. These projects are done for organizations and individuals who need the assistance and cannot do it for themselves. Churches are asked to find seniors or disabled people who need help. Service organizations are a prime target. City government is as well. A request can be made for any project. It will be evaluated to determine if it can be accomplished and if there are volunteers who can handle it.
You can help in two ways. You can make any organization you are associated with aware that they can apply for assistance and you can identify citizens who need help. You would tell them to contact (firstname.lastname@example.org.) The appropriate forms will be forwarded to you or the appropriate person. The second way you can help is to personally volunteer on the Saturday (usually in April) when this event is scheduled. Over 650 UND students volunteered last year and only about 10 faculty and staff did. President Kupchella and many of the senior administrators gave their time and energy. Let’s join them! To manage the work load, student government expects all volunteers to register. To register, contact them at the same e-mail address (email@example.com) and they will furnish you with the volunteer registration form.
-- Don Lemon, chair, 125th Year Celebration Events Committee