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Outreach

Students, alumni and friends give back through CSUnity April 21

April 19, 2012

CSU students, alumni and friends will join together this Saturday, April 21, to participate in CSUnity, a day dedicated to volunteering and bettering communities in Colorado and across the country.

Students repairing a fence.Fort Collins

For years, hundreds of CSU students have come together every spring for a day-long service project in and around the Fort Collins community. Everyone in the CSU community is encouraged to participate in this year’s service projects.

CSUnity is an event that has student volunteers participate in service projects such as planting trees, painting houses, visiting with senior citizens, sorting food and much more. These services are provided to neighbors in the community, the City of Fort Collins, state, county and federal agencies as well as local non-profits.

CSU students are making a huge impact

“CSUnity is a great opportunity for our students to interact with and get involved in the local community," said program coordinator Brett Rundle."Through their participation in CSUnity, CSU students are making a huge impact on the lives of others and learning about various social issues that are directly impacting Larimer County. The service and volunteer work that they engage in demonstrates their appreciation for the organizations and individuals that they work with, as well as their commitment to strengthening this community.”

Thousands of volunteers and community service hours

In previous years, CSUnity has gathered more than 2,000 volunteers and provided thousands of community service hours for organizations across Larimer County. CSUnity is striving to exceed these numbers this year with the many volunteer service projects scheduled for this weekend.

More information

For more information about CSUnity in Fort Collins, please visit the SLiCE website or contact Brett Rundle at (970) 980-1871 or brett.rundle@colostate.edu.

Alumni involvement

Not only does CSUnity participate in service projects around northern Colorado, it also extends its efforts out to Colorado State University alumni and friends both in Colorado and nationwide. This will mark the sixth year that CSUnity will have alumni participation.

Volunteer opportunities in Denver

Alumni volunteers have to opportunity to volunteer for one of eight different service projects this year around the Denver area. CSUnity projects for the Denver area include:

  • Brother's Redevelopment: Volunteers will participate in a paint-a-thon. Two shifts of 10 volunteers each are needed.
  • Denver Parks and Rec: Volunteers will be installing playground equipment.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens: Volunteers will be adding a pathway to the new Nexus Berm area and may also be developing bed locations, adding rock and planting.
  • Molly Brown House Museum:  Volunteers will assist with general yard and landscaping projects.
  • The Greenway Foundation's 2012 Spring RiverSweep: Volunteers will participate in removing trash from the South Platte River and other tasks to enhance the area.
  • SAME Café: Volunteers will wash dishes, clean and assist with food preparation.

For more information about the projects in Denver, visit the Alumni website.

Alumni across the country

CSUnity also will bring alumni together nationwide in Phoenix, the Bay Area, Santa Monica, San Diego, Washington, New York, Houston, Seattle and Boston.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Foundation for Burns & Trauma Inc.: Volunteers will partner with Phoenix Fire Department and the Arizona Foundation for Burns and Trauma to install free smoke alarms in at-risk homes throughout Phoenix.
  • Oakland, CA - Rebuilding Together Oakland: Volunteers will assist with home repairs, safety modifications and energy upgrades for low-income homeowners in Oakland.
  • Santa Monica, CA - Heal the Bay: Volunteers will be involved in a beach clean up.
  • San Diego, CA - Pacific Beach Cleanup: Volunteers will be involved in a beach clean up.
  • Washington, D.C. - Walk MS: Volunteers will provide check-in support, event site support, start and finish line cheering and staffing a rest stop tent.
  • New York, NY - Michael D. Fender Food Pantry: Volunteers will prepare and distribute bags of nonperishable groceries for the homeless.
  • Houston, TX - A Simple Thread: Volunteers will collect, assemble and distribute hygiene kits for the homeless.
  • Seattle, WA - EarthCorps: Volunteers will restore the largest contiguous greenbelt in Seattle by removing invasive plant species.
  • Boston, MA - National Braille Press: Volunteers will collect, prepare and collate materials and literature for the blind.

More information

For more information about CSUnity in Denver and across the nation visit the Alumni website or contact Tiana Nelson at Christiana.Nelson@colostate.edu.