CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-00011; fax (319) 384-0024
UI freshmen to provide a day of service to local organizations
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa freshmen will take their first
steps toward learning about the community that lies beyond the campus borders
when they participate in a host of volunteer activities Saturday, Oct.
The fifth annual "Into the Streets" volunteer day, sponsored
by UI Orientation Services and the Office of Campus Programs and Student
Activities, matches students with local organizations for an afternoon
of service. Organizers hope the event will prompt students to seek out
other service opportunities on their own while they are in school.
"We want students to understand that they are a vital part of the
university and the Iowa City community during their time at the University
of Iowa," said Marilyn Kempnich, an Orientation Services staff member
who coordinates the program. "The purpose of "Into the Streets"
is to encourage student participation and to make a difference in the community."
Students will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Triangle Ballroom in the Iowa
Memorial Union for a brief orientation and then spend the afternoon at
volunteer sites. Volunteer projects include: visiting and participating
in activities with senior citizens at the Iowa City Rehabilitation and
Health Care Center; preparing food at the Free Lunch Program and at the
Salvation Army; cleaning and painting local daycare centers; washing and
caring for animals at the Iowa City/Coralville Animal Shelter; and preparing
a mailing for the Hospice Road Races.
In the five years the UI has offered the program more than 600 students
For further information, contact Kempnich at (319) 335-1497.