The Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) hosts a Service Saturday event once a month throughout the school year.
The event is a series of service opportunities open to all members of the Boise State community.
Erin VanDenburgh, campus programs coordinator for SILC, explained why Service Saturday is different from other service events.
“Service Saturday offers a buffet of service options where students can come and get a free breakfast and engage in a simple and direct service project,” VanDenburgh said.
Service Saturday occurs once a month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in the Student Union Building. Breakfast is provided for participants in the Student Union Building(SUB) before heading to the service site.
“We try to do it at least three times a semester depending on availability,” VanDenburgh said. “We try to plan it towards the beginning of the month but sometimes we have to be a bit more flexible.”
A list of Service Saturday dates and projects can be found on SILC’s websites. VanDenburgh stated that SILC tries to use the weather as a basis for what kind of project they will be engaging in.
“We try to take advantage of the outdoor weather aspect,” Erin said. “We do a lot of projects with Parks and Recreation, community gardens and things like that.”
VanDenburgh also said Service Saturday is a great stepping stone into a life of volunteering and community service, she encourages anyone that might want to take that first step to volunteering to join them in one of their upcoming events.
“It’s a really fun way to engage in service,” VanDenburgh said.
SILC encourages students to dress according to the weather and location of the site where students will be volunteering. SILC stresses open toed shoes are not appropriate footwear.
VanDenburgh explained with passion in her voice why Service Saturday is an important part of Boise State campus.
“The overarching goal is to connect students to the greater Boise community and inspire them to achieve their potential in terms of changing the world,” VanDenburgh said. “It doesn’t matter how small or large the act is it’s really making sure that students know they can have a positive impact on their community.
For more information visit getinvolved.boisestate.edu/volunteer/service-saturday/.