Ever want to do community service, but don’t know how to get involved? This was me last year. I would see and hear about friends and classmates doing all this great volunteer work, but didn’t know how I could get involved. Then I learned about The Office of Service-Leaning and Volunteer Services. They are a great way to get involved both on campus and in the community. Any information you need you can find by clicking here!

If you’re looking to get involved before the semester ends, check out WCU WEEK OF SERVICE! This is a campus wide, weeklong event encouraging students to get involved!

WHEN: April 27-May 4th
WHERE: On WCU campus and in the community
WHO: Anyone!

Here are the events:
• Spring Clean-Up at The Hickman
o Saturday, April 27th from 8:00am-12:00pm
Join together with members of the community to assist with some spring    cleaning at The Hickman. Most of the annual Spring Clean-Up will take place outside. Gloves and tools will be provided.

• Lionville Community YMCA – Healthy Kids Day
o Saturday, April 27th
Healthy Kids Day is an annual national YMCA event that focuses on health and children. Come out and help with manning a moon bounce, controlling traffic, serving food, and assisting a clown! 22 volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact Sue Gualtieri at 610-458-9090 x2822 for more information.

• Maggie Tripp Annual Day of Service in collaboration with the Alumni Association
o Sunday, April 28th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Ehinger Gym
Students and alumni will work together to complete service projects for the campus and community. Activities might include: dog toy making for the SPCA , PB&J making for Safe Harbor, and creating bookmarks for kids.

• Nail Painting with Seniors at the West Chester Senior Center
o Monday, April 29th & Wednesday, May 1st from 10:00 – 12:00pm
Volunteers will be painting nails and getting to know seniors who use the services of the WC Senior Center. This is a great opportunity to meet local community members and practice your nail painting abilities!

• ELIAN – Early Literacy is a Necessity
o Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 – 4:15pm
Volunteers will be reading with preschool and elementary aged children at the Care Center for Christ. If you love kids, this is a great volunteer activity for you! All volunteers must have clearances.

• Volunteer at Home of the Sparrow
o Tuesday, April 30 & Thursday, May 2 – Times TBD
Home of the Sparrow provides housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income women who want to improve their lives and become self-sufficient. Volunteers will be helping at the transitional homes with painting and spring cleaning.

• Serve Breakfast at the West Chester Senior Center
o Tuesday, April 30 & Wednesday, May 1 from 7:30am – 9:30am
The West Chester Senior Center has been enriching the lives of seniors in our community through friendship, activities, nourishment, and education since 1975. Volunteers will be helping to serve and make breakfast.

• Campus-wide Adopt-A-Block on Saturday, May 4th from 12pm – 2pm

• WCU Relay for Life
o Saturday, May 4th 3pm in the Hollinger Field House
Food, games, entertainment, and tons of exciting activities are available throughout the 24-hours for all participants. All of the money raised before and during the event by the relay teams is donated to the American Cancer Society.

Getting involved and volunteering is a great way to both help others and help yourself. It is a rewarding experience which allows you to be active, meet new people, and experience new things!

Written by Julia Kane, Peer Educator