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Big Red's Blitz: Partners


Every August, WKU’s newest Hilltoppers are invited to participate in M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, the university’s five day transition program for new students, which takes place the week before classes begin. During M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, students attend educational sessions, special events, and social activities all designed to help them successfully transition from home and high school to college at WKU.

One of M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan's featured events is Big Red’s Blitz, where participants “blitz” Bowling Green, completing four hours of service at local non-profit agencies/organizations.

Big Red’s Blitz volunteers, also known as “Blitzers,” are sent out into the community in groups to work alongside Big Red, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Mentors, and fellow classmates, to complete various service projects. Whether they’re sorting items at The Salvation Army, cleaning up local parks and wooded areas with Bowling Green Public Works, pulling invasive species at Lost River Cave, organizing building materials with Habitat for Humanity, or painting picnic tables at Potter Children’s Home, Blitzers are committed to “getting off the bench” and “doing something big” in their community!

 


Big Red’s Blitz Partners are local non-profit agencies/organizations, or WKU departments with community ties, that engage WKU student volunteers in service opportunities.Big Red’s Blitz Partners are required to commit to engaging program volunteers in a four-hour service project (from roughly 10am-2pm) the day of the event.

 

Benefits to Partnering

Agencies/Organizations that serve as Big Red’s Blitz Partners receive volunteer services for up to four hours. During those four hours, partners could share information about, and promote on-going opportunities for service as well.

We often hear stories of students who continue to volunteer with organizations after Big Red’s Blitz. Participating in Big Red’s Blitz as a Partner also provides agencies/organizations the opportunity to collaborate with WKU in the provision of meaningful learning experiences to students.

Big Red's Blitz

 


Big Red's Blitz will take place

Saturday, August 20, 2022

 

9 AM

Registration

Students will meet for registration on campus. 

9:45 AM

Head to Project Sites

Students will walk to projects on or new campus. 

Students will have the option to drive to their sites. 

Shuttles will transport students to projects off campus if needed. 

10:25 AM

Arrive to project sites

All students should have arrived to the project site by 10:25 AM. 

2:25 PM

Shuttles will begin pick up

Students traveling by shuttle will begin to be picked up. 

3 PM

All students will have returned to campus

 

 


Indoor Projects

  • Paint the inside of a building
  • Wash windows, carpets, walls, toys
  • Wallpaper a room
  • Construct a play gym for children
  • Build a coat rack at a shelter or childcare center
  • Build a storage shed or shelves for recreational equipment
  • Sort and repair organization toys and equipment
  • Letter‐writing
  • Organize clothing or food pantry

Outdoor Projects

  • Plant a garden
  • Paint the exterior a building
  • Build or repair a wheelchair ramp
  • Plant flowers
  • Paint picnic tables or park benches
  • Repair and clean a camp or play area for children
  • Clean and paint fences
  • Plan a yard clean‐up: weeding, planting, raking, mulching, pruning shrubs
  • Revitalize a playground
  • Create a walking trail
  • Walk dogs or pet animals
  • Neighborhood clean-up

 Big Red's Blitz
 
  • Complete and submit the Partnership Participation and Project Site form by August 5, 2022.

  • Contact Amelia Kolb (amelia.kolb@wku.edu) with any questions regarding the project. We are happy to help you brainstorm ideas!

  • Be prepared to have staff members on-site to provide direction and supervise student volunteers. 

  • Secure any materials needed to complete your project (ex. paint, plants, mulch, building materials, etc.) by either purchasing them or seeking in-kind donations.

  • Prepare a back-up project in case of rain. 

  • Complete the Partnership Evaluation after the project.

 

Sign Up Now

 


The following is an example of what a project site submission might look like: 

Partner Name: Community Action of Southern Kentucky

Community Action of Southern Kentucky provides services in 10 counties in south central KY. These include Head Start, Weatherization, Senior Centers, Meals on Wheels, and GO bg transit in Bowling Green.

Project Description: Old fashioned fun community car/bus wash. Detail vehicles for Head Start, Weatherization, Senior Centers, Meals on Wheels, and GO bg transit

Volunteers needed: 4 – 15

In case of rain: 4 - 15

Attire: Wear clothes and shoes to get wet and have fun. Bring a dry change of clothes.

Project location: 304 East 11th Avenue

Contact Person: Ken Meredith

Office Phone: (270) 782-3162 EXT 247

Mobile Phone: (270) 202 –1730


Amelia Kolb

Coordinator, Leadership & Volunteerism, Diversity

WKU Student Activities & Organizations

amelia.kolb@wku.edu | (270)745-5791

 


 


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 Last Modified 6/27/22