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Outreach

Students, alumni and friends give back through CSUnity April 16

April 7, 2011
by Kelly Geary

Thousands of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends will demonstrate their commitment to their communities by participating in CSUnity, a national day of service, on Saturday, April 16.

Students repairing a fence.A day of service

Now in its 15th year, CSUnity is a day of service and leadership that brings the university community together to give back through volunteerism. This year, volunteer opportunities are available in Fort Collins, the Denver area, and cities around the country.

“CSUnity is a great opportunity for CSU students to engage with the local community,” said Brett Rundle, coordinator for CSU’s office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE), which sponsors the student effort. “Through direct service with community agencies and residents, students have an opportunity to learn about social issues, develop meaningful connections and relationships, and demonstrate CSU’s commitment to service and volunteerism.”

More than 6,000 hours of service

Last year, the event provided more than 6,000 hours of service to organizations and individuals in Northern Colorado. This year, 2,200 students are registered to volunteer for more than 200 projects in Fort Collins and the surrounding area.

Students will work to complete a wide variety of projects with community agencies and organizations, including:

  • Respite Care: Setting up and decorating a prom for teenagers with special needs.
  • Special Olympics: Timing and recording a track and field event.
  • Fort Collins Cat Rescue: Preparing for a fundraiser garage sale.
  • Assisting senior and disabled citizens in the community with yard work and house work.

More information about projects in Fort Collins and student registration can be found at the website and by contacting Brett Rundle at (970) 491-3579 or brett.rundle@colostate.edu.

Alumni involvement

CSUnity isn’t just for students in Fort Collins. This year also marks the fifth year of alumni involvement in the event. The Alumni Association has partnered with SLiCE to provide opportunities for alumni to represent their alma mater in the Denver area as well as in cities across the country. CSU alumni are also invited to include their families in their service.

Volunteer opportunities in Denver

Ten volunteer opportunities are available for alumni in the Denver area. Projects include:

  • Food Bank of the Rockies: Sorting and distributing food.
  • Denver Rescue Mission: Preparing and serving meals to homeless families and individuals.
  • Volunteers of America: Yard work and clean-up for limited income seniors.

Alumni across the country

Alumni in cities across the country also are invited to participate. National projects will take place in 10 areas: the Bay Area; Houston; New York City; Seattle; Boston; Kansas City, Mo.; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and San Diego. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Boston: Collecting, preparing and collating materials for the blind at the National Braille Press (to be held April 30).
  • Los Angeles/Orange County: Torrance Beach clean-up.
  • Washington, D.C.: Assist with setup and booth staffing at YMCA Healthy Kids Day.

Registration will be accepted until April 14. A full list of alumni projects and registration information is online at the website.

Sponsors

CSUnity is sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement; CSU Alumni Association; Off Campus Life; Associated Students of Colorado State University; Greek Life; Panhellenic Council; and Interfraternity Council.