Western Herald – Volunteer opportunity offers students to Spring into the Streets

Volunteer opportunity offers students to Spring into the Streets

Audrey Renoos
News Reporter

One of the largest volunteering events at Western Michigan University is just around the corner, and students are encouraged to sign up.

Spring into the Streets is a student volunteer organization to help various organizations in the community. This year the event will be Sat., Ap. 6 and will begin at the Recreation Center Basketball Courts.

To sign up, students should log into their GoWMU accounts and click the GoRSO icon that is next to E-learning and then click on “organizations” and “search,”type in “Spring into the Streets” and finally click on “Forms”. Then students can fill out the “Individual & Team Registration” form to register.

The event begins with task registration at ten and will include music and snacks. Speakers start at eleven and include Carrie Vanderbush, Executive Director of Volunteer Kalamazoo.

“The program shows tremendous growth in today’s college generation in terms of servant leadership, students being leaders by putting others and the community first,” said Richard Whitney, Committee Chair of Spring into the Streets, said the program.

From 12-3 p.m. students have the opportunity to provide help in a variety of tasks such as painting, cleaning up the neighborhood, working with the youth and more. Volunteering our service shows our Kalamazoo community that students care about making Kalamazoo a better place for all who live in and visit the area.

“Spring into the Streets is a great way to volunteer, give back to the Kalamazoo community and to be part of the community that surrounds the campus,” said Whitney.

Last year’s Spring into the Streets featured at least 20 sites that around 519 students signed up to volunteer at.

“Right now we have a number of organization that have signed up to participate but we still have some time for other organizations to sign up as well,” said Whitney.

“I recommend it because it is a great way for students to work alongside community agencies getting the community back in order for the spring season. Also to build a team atmosphere and practice that leadership quality.”


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