The Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) is offering volunteer opportunities for anyone within the Boise State community through Service Saturdays. Service Saturdays are coordinated once every month and are at a different location each time.
The first Service Saturday will be on Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. According to Corrie Brending, programming assistant for the SILC, this service event is partnering with Boise Parks and Recreation to clean up Municipal Park. The Service Saturday team will focus on tasks such as spreading bark mulch, wrapping trees and painting the amenities.
“Service Saturdays allow students to connect with the community. It gives students easy access to volunteer opportunities. Also, if students are not from here, we can help create those opportunities,” Brending said.
If a student isn’t able to attend the first Service Saturday, the next event, Rake Up Boise, will be on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“I participated in Rake Up Boise last year–it was really fun. You are able to see the difference you are making and you get to meet the people that you are helping,” Brending said.
According to the SILC, some of the opportunities students can gain are meeting new people and building leadership skills.
“Each semester we do three Service Saturdays. We try to focus on one large project so that everyone feels like they are working towards the same goal,” Brending said.
Melinda Stafford, campus programs coordinator for the SILC, had some more information about participants who attend Service Saturdays.
“A variety of students participate in Service Saturdays,” Stafford said. “Some participate to complete required service hours through another organization they are a member of. Others participate because they want to get connected with the local community. Some participate because they are passionate about the specific project we are hosting.”
According to Stafford, Service Saturdays are important because of the unique connections students make within the community.
“Boise State University is an integral part of the city of Boise, and we see this program as a way we can serve those that live in our area,” Stafford said.
Participants will also receive a free brunch before attending the service site. If students are interested in assisting at the first Service Saturday, they can RSVP here.