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Join IUPUI's long-running campus tradition of service

September 27, 2016

IUPUI volunteers have made a tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism.

IUPUI volunteers have made a tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism. | IU COMMUNICATIONS

Be sure to reserve your spot in an annual autumn tradition: IUPUI's Day of Caring volunteer effort, scheduled this year for Oct. 29 at various sites around downtown Indianapolis. The event is part of the campus's United Way campaign.

For the first time, the Day of Caring will be part of IUPUI Homecoming and Family Weekend, which is Oct. 28-30 this year.

"Moving our Day of Caring to this weekend as part of our homecoming celebration will allow parents to join their children at our worksites," said Charli Lienemann, program director of community service and civic engagement, who oversees the event for the Center for Service & Learning.

Lienemann also announced that this year's meal and program will shift from lunch to breakfast. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 29, followed by breakfast and a program at 9 a.m. in Campus Center 450.

The program will feature student Cody Ellis, a United Way torchbearer who was mentored by a former IUPUI student while Ellis was in high school.

Campus volunteers once again will demonstrate IUPUI's commitment to civic engagement by tackling projects that community organizations may not have the time, staff or money to address. Volunteering for Day of Caring has become a campus tradition.

"IUPUI faculty and staff have demonstrated year after year their commitment to improving our community," Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said in a letter to the campus community after last year's volunteer effort.

The commitment reflects "the culture of civic engagement at IUPUI that is a defining attribute of the campus -- a vital component of its vision, mission and values -- and a tradition dating to the campus's very beginning," the chancellor added.

Students help clean up or refurbish community organization facilities.

Painting is just one of the tasks that IUPUI volunteers tackle during Day of Caring. | LIZ KAYE / IU COMMUNICATIONS

Far-reaching impact

Many tasks

Volunteers include students from the city, across the state and around the world.

Student and staff volunteers working at United Way Day of Caring have made a significant difference in the life of the city.

Last year, for instance, the campus partnered with 11 community organizations to help them achieve their goals in projects that ranged from painting to groundskeeping to cleaning.

This year, IUPUI expects to work with 12 or more nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping city residents deal with the social issues that affect their lives -- aided by contributions to the United Way campaign.

"For IUPUI, Day of Caring is an opportunity for people to connect with the Indianapolis community to show that they care," Lienemann said.

Get involved!

Students play key roles in those efforts: CSL estimates that more than 2,000 students and staff have volunteered for United Way Day of Caring projects in recent years.

Joy of serving

Students who volunteer for United Way Day of Caring have shown passion for their service.

They represent student organizations, clubs, fraternities, sororities and scholarship programs, all interested in fulfilling United Way's goal to "Live United." The staff members come from schools and units across the campus.

This year's participants will receive a free T-shirt and lunch in appreciation of their service.

Those interested in participating may register on the Student Service Opportunities page in the Center for Service & Learning's Volunteering, Partnerships & Engagement website. For the latest information on Day of Caring, contact Community Service and Civic Engagement via email or call 317-278-2662.

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