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Bring it Back to Normal instills value of service

The spring’s Bring it Back to Normal will take place April 5 allowing students the opportunity to give back to members of their community.

Since 2008, Bring it Back to Normal has placed over 1,300 volunteers completing over 3,000 hours of service for the Bloomington-Normal community.

Bring it Back to Normal is organized every semester by the Leadership and Service Office in conjunction with the Student and Community Outreach Office.

Students can register now at the Student and Community Outreach Office in the Bone Student Center or go online to the Leadership and Service website, Ramo Stott, graduate assistant in the Leadership and Service office, said.

“I hope this experience gives people the opportunity to see different parts of the community that they live in that they may not regularly visit,” Stott said. “Hopefully they see it as a worthwhile experience which will lead on to other events either through our office or through another source.”

Any student is able to register to be a volunteer. No specific qualifications are needed. A person can register as either a general participant or a site leader.

Site leaders help lead students through the day of service, encourage participation and maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm.  On the day of the event, participants will choose the location at which they would like to serve.

A few of the activities students will be able to partake in include yard work and post-winter work such as cleaning up brush to inside work pertaining to cleaning windows and kitchen work.

“The work really depends on what each specific resident needs,” Stott said.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 and registration will close for students looking to volunteer April 2.

If a person is not able to register in advance, they can apply April 5, but if all slots are filled then they will not be able to participate.

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