Campus and Community Service:
Alternative Spring Break: Held during the spring semester, students are given the opportunity to spend their spring break giving back to various community service projects as well as educational opportunities to learn more about the history, culture, and traditions of the city in which they are visiting. Past breaks have included visits to Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Washington DC. Students are selected on their previous community service work, and level of involvement and commitment. Learn more.
Alternative Spring Break information:
-This years Alternative Spring Break will be March 5 -11, in Washington DC.
-Application Deadline is November 24th, at 4:00 PM
-Turn into Student Activities room 2059 in DSU
-Student Cost: $250.00
Bonner Leader: The Bonner Leader program at WKU is a program designed to assist students who have experience serving communities with the cost of their college education. WKU Bonner students participate in community service and training and enrichment, and they receive Federal Work Study from WKU. Learn more.
Big Red's Blitz: Every August, first-year students can start the semester early by participating in M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities the week before classes begin M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan stands for "Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding" Plan. The M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan participants "blitz" Bowling Green, providing four hours of service to local nonprofit agencies during the campus' largest community service event: Big Red's Blitz! Learn more.
Hill House: The WKU Hill House is a graduate assistant program that gives an interdisciplinary team of four students the unique opportunity to apply their graduate coursework in community settings. Students are selected to live and work together at the Hill House, with a shared goal of building a strong local community and improving quality of life. Through community-based research and development projects, students gain an understanding of local issues and work to address them in partnership with others. Learn more.
Make A Difference Week: Each day during the national "Make a Difference Week" we highlight a variety of opportunities to become involved on campus and within the community. Events include volunteer projects, awareness opportunities and fundraising efforts for various programs. Learn more.
National Volunteer Week: Across our nation, many college campuses and local communities celebrate National Volunteer Week during the month of April. Each year the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and WKU Student Activities: Leadership and Volunteerism collaborate with student and community organizations to present a week full of opportunities to serve, give, and make a meaningful impact on the community. Learn more.
Relay for Life: This is the American Cancer Society signature event which raises money for cancer research. Students raise money through "Click for a Cure" email campaign and other fundraising events. Teams which consist of students, faculty, and staff participate in a twelve hour event to celebrate the money raised. Students have the opportunity to serve on a student run executive board. Learn more.
Relay for Life is currently accepting applications for the 2016 executive board. Apply today!
United Way of Southern Kentucky: Students are involved in a multitude of fundraising and educational awareness programs for the local chapter of the United Way. Students have the opportunity to serve on a student run executive board. Learn more.
Up Til Dawn: This collegiate fundraising event benefits St. Jude`s Children`s Research Hospital. Students raise money through a letter writing campaign and other fundraising events. At the finale event, all those who raised money stay up all night, with the notion that cancer never sleeps. Bands, games, food, and entertainment are provided to celebrate the years success and energize the students. Students have the opportunity to serve on a student run executive board. Learn more.
The $100 Solution: The $100 Solution™ utilizes course learning objectives combined with the five principles of service-learning to answer a central question for students: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance quality of life for others? It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than self-determining needs of others, and it demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, or rather, by even thinking beyond monetary solutions to make a difference in their community. Learn more.
VIP (Volunteer in Progress): This monthly drive program dedicates each month to a different cause. These various drives connect students to community service opportunities in the community, as well as on campus. Along with drives, VIP sponsors monthly volunteer days where students can participate in a day of "action" by giving back to the community. Learn more.
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