Fun places in the community to lend a helping hand

There are many philanthropic opportunities to help organizations on campus and in the community. Even though volunteering doesn’t pay any money, it can look good on résumés, provide networking and, of course, it can feel pretty good.

1. Gamma Phi Circus: The Gamma Phi Circus will be taking place April 11-12 at Redbird Arena. The organizers of this big event can use a lot of help with preparation and to ensure the show runs smoothly.  There are a variety of options from working tables, being a runner, a walker and more. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a free ticket to the show for their help, and it is an opportunity to see a great show while helping out. Students can sign up through the announcement currently posted on the ISU website.

Jake Johnson/Photographer The Children's Discovery Museum is a great place for education majors to volunteer their time.

Jake Johnson/Photographer
The Children’s Discovery Museum is a great place for education majors to volunteer their time.

2. The Children’s Discovery Museum: The Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown is always looking for volunteers, especially those who love spending time with kids. To volunteer at the museum, you must have a background check and attend a 90-minute orientation. Volunteers play with kids, clean the museum, lead programs and help with educational classes. Junior Molly Mazur has volunteered at the museum and loved her experience. “The Children’s Museum is a fun volunteering experience that allows you to bring out your inner child while still helping out the community,” Mazur said.

3. Partners in Reading: Normal Public Library provides an opportunity for students to partner up with kids and practice reading with them. This volunteer opportunity is only 45 minutes once a week and the volunteer is partnered with a child from kindergarten through sixth grade. This is a semester-long volunteer opportunity and anyone who is interested can sign up for the fall semester starting this August. Sophomore elementary education major, Jen Maginity, is volunteering this semester. “Partners in Reading is beneficial to me because I am giving back to the Normal community and learning how to better work with children at the same time,” Maginity said.

4. Wish Bone Canine Rescue: Wish Bone Canine Rescue is located at 1303 Morrissey Dr. in Bloomington. This is a no-kill shelter that loves to work with volunteers. Volunteers are needed for dog walking, dog training, event planning, book keeping and more. If you are an animal lover this is a great opportunity. There are also opportunities to foster dogs. More information can be found on their website

5. Bring it Back to Normal: On April 5, a large volunteer opportunity will be taking place for students who would like to get involved in helping the surrounding community. Volunteers for Bring it Back to Normal help local residents with gardening, painting, window washing and other spring cleaning projects. Students can volunteer individually or in groups for this event. The event is from 9 a.m to 1 p.m and is a way to give back to Normal for supporting ISU. Sign up info for the event can be found on the ISU website.

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