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Thousands of students, alumni, and friends to participate in CSUnity on Saturday

Updated April 17, 2009

Close to 2,200 students have signed up to volunteer for CSUnity on Saturday, April 18. This record-breaking number is 500 more than volunteered in 2007.

APRIL 17, 2 p.m.

Twenty indoor CSUnity projects will go on as planned because the agencies need the work taken care of on Saturday, April 18, in a timely manner. SLiCE has contacted the student groups in charge of these projects and they know to plan for their projects tomorrow. The start for these 20 projects will be delayed until 11 a.m., with students arriving in the LSC between 10-10:30 a.m.

The rest of the CSUnity projects will be rescheduled out of the SLiCE office on an individual basis, based on student group and agency/neighbor availability. The plan is for all the projects to still be completed, just not in one day as originally hoped.

Students or community members who need more information can e-mail Keith Colton at or call (970) 491-3579.

APRIL 17, 1 p.m.

Due to a spring storm with heavy precipitation, CSUnity will go forth on April 18 with indoor projects ONLY. All outdoor projects are in the process of being rescheduled. All projects will be completed.

Student group leaders have exhibited incredible flexibility, creativity, and determination in this process!

From 9 a.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.

13th year of serving N. Colorado

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.

Free breakfast and T-shirts

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 For more information about the event call Keith Colton at (970) 491-1682 or (970) 689-2175.

Alumni participation nationwide

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 Updates regarding the weather and any projects possibly affected will also be listed at this website.

Collaboration with nonprofits

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 range 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.