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Volunteer ASU makes stAtement

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 17:09

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Paige Walker, Staff Photographer

My Ngyun serves at Volunteer ASU’s booth during the community fair last Wednesday.

Volunteer ASU has been “Making a StAtement” all over campus, the community and in various places throughout the state and country.

Its mission statement is, “To provide ASU with a place to serve, learn and make a statement by partnering with local non-profits and promoting social justice.”

Jodie Cherry, coordinator of student affairs, said it is important for students to get involved with Volunteer ASU to prepare them for the future.

“Students have to do what they can to set themselves apart in order to get a job in the future,” Cherry said. “Volunteering gives you a lot of skills you’ll need once you do enter the work force, you know, working with diverse groups of people and working under conditions that might not always be directly in your comfort zone.”

Cherry officially began the Volunteer ASU program in January of this year. A few volunteer opportunities were offered starting last November, and since that time there have been more than 500 volunteers.  
 “I think just as a person you’re more affected than the people you’re even affecting because you have a greater awareness of the needs of other people, just being sensitive to what’s happening in the world,” Cherry said.

Volunteer ASU will be providing a variety of service opportunities throughout the month of September.

  • September 8: Alzheimer’s walk
  • September 21: United Way Bucket Brigade    
  • September 22: Downtown City Youth 5K
  • September 29: Jonesboro Heart and Soul Half Marathon

Students who are interested in serving with Volunteer ASU can email Jodie Cherry at jcherry@astate.edu, or sign up in the Leadership Center on the second floor of the Student Union.  
There will also be a service weekend trip to Joplin, Mo., on October 5-7. Limited spots are available, and applications are available in the Leadership Center.

Cherry said there is always somewhere to plug into activities. Weekly volunteers can get involved with Jonesboro’s food bank, Habitat for Humanity and Families Outreach.

Volunteer ASU will be focusing on raising awareness about homelessness in Jonesboro during the month of September. It will host The SleepOut for the Homeless Blanket Drive. The goal is to collect at least 75 gently used or new blankets. Donations can be dropped off at the Leadership Center. Everyone who donates will be entered in a chance to win an Office Maxx gift card.

Stephanie A. Overby, a junior biology and animal science major of Little Rock., serves on the Volunteer Council and has been coordinating events and participating in service projects all over campus and in Jonesboro.

“Volunteering is one of the best things you can do,” Overby said. “It gives you the opportunity to work with others in the community.”

Overby said volunteering with Volunteer ASU is beneficial to students because they learn to develop leadership skills, time management, work with organizations, conduct functions for non-profits, obtain a better view of the world, make friends, connect with the community and walk away “happy and excited.”

Overby said, “Students need to realize that there are so many opportunities for them to volunteer. They’re not limited because they’re in college. I just like helping other people.

I like seeing their faces when they receive a blessing. You will never see such pure joy.”

Volunteer ASU’s non-profit partners include:

  •     American Red Cross
  •     Children’s Advocacy Center
  •     City Youth
  •     East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging
  •     Families Outreach
  •     Girl Scouts
  •     Habitat for Humanity
  •     Help Portrait
  •     Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
  •     Hispanic Community Services Inc.
  •     Literacy League
  •     March of Dimes
  •     NEA Charitable Foundation
  •     NEA Food Bank
  •     Pregnancy Resource Center
  •     Salvation Army
  •     Special Olympics
  •     UAMS AHEC Northeast
  •     United Way
  •     Women’s Discovery Center
  •     Women’s Crisis Center

    More information about Volunteer ASU can be found on its website: http://www2.astate.edu/a/student-affairs/leadership-center/volunteer-service-opportunities/service-and-volunteer-opportunities.dot
 

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