USI’s Service Learning Program and Office of Student Development Programs will offer its annual Day of Service event to new students from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. In its third consecutive year, the event takes place during Welcome Week and helps students get better acquainted with the University, faculty, and other students while making a positive impact in the community.
This year’s Day of Service program will include more than a dozen service opportunities at several sites in Evansville.
Sites and projects include:
American Cancer Society, assist with inventory, cleaning, and organizing supplies
American Red Cross, assist with “Let’s Dine Out” program
Burdette Park, help grounds workers prepare for the fall season
Evansville ARC, assist with Mini Golf Outing event
Evansville Rescue Mission, complete maintenance work, paint, and clean
Habitat for Humanity, assist with construction of a new home
Howell Wetlands, clean grounds
Jacob’s Village, weed and mow grass
Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, clean
Pine Haven Nursing Home, socialize with residents, clean, and complete yard work
Shirley James Gateway Plaza, clean pathways, landscape, and develop flower beds
Tri-State Food Bank, organize food, complete repairs, and garden
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, clean, paint, and garden at the Caldwell Recreation Facility
Students who are interested in participating in a project can register online. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
In 2008, USI received classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an institution of community engagement. USI was recognized in both categories: "curricular engagement" and "outreach and partnerships." The Day of Service program was designed for students to help carry on this legacy as they first enter the University.
Companies and organization that are interested in becoming a community partner in future USI projects should contact the Service Learning Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812/465-1203.
USI students volunteer at the American Red Cross during last year's Welcome Week Day of Service event.