Saturdays for college students are usually somewhat laid-back and lackadaisical, but for those who are looking for a change of pace, Leadership and Service has provided a great opportunity to do something different and productive.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Leadership and Service will be sponsoring the annual Bring it Back to Normal event. Student volunteers will lend a hand and give back to the Bloomington-Normal community.
The day of service event focuses on the environment, youth, poverty, homelessness and serves countless agencies.
“It’s a chance for our students to say thanks to the community for their support and to work with non-profit organizations,” Kyle Rindfleisch, leadership specialist, said.
“It could be landscaping, painting, cleaning out garages, cleaning up debris — whatever it is residents may need done at their houses.”
Student organizations can register to help out as well as individual volunteers, and they will choose where they will be helping out at the day of the event.
Leadership and Service also encourages staff and faculty members to help out. Faculty and staff can work alongside the students, coordinate check-in of participants, driving volunteers to their choice of work and passing out T-shirts, among other responsibilities.
Peter Hansen, senior mass media major, said, “It definitely sounds like a good opportunity for students to get involved.”
Bring it Back to Normal has been an ongoing event since 2008, and provides both students and residents of the community with great benefits.
It is a good way to get involved and volunteers who take part will be making a difference in the community.
Since it has been created, Bring it Back to Normal has had more than 1,000 volunteers involved with its program who have clocked in more than 2,500 service hours.
“It’s a good way for students to realize they are part of the Bloomington-Normal community just as much as the residents are,” Rindfleisch said.
For more information on the cause, go to DeanOfStudents.IllinoisState.edu.