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Volunteer Center

Project Blogs

Here you will soon find our project blogs! They will include the specific event, the description of the event, an image or two, and some responses from people and students who actually served!

Past Projects:

Tree Plating with Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful - (03/23/19)

43 BU Students teamed up to plant with KIB and took a picture in front of KIB's trailer.

47 Butler University students joined the Volunteer Center on the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful project! They learned how to properly cut circling roots, dig holes, and dump mulch. 

VC Staff KIB Spring 2019 picture 

The VC staff squatted down in front of KIB's trailer and took a picture!

4 guys and a tree

It is just 4 guys and a tree. Gotta love it and sevice!

Girls digging holes

Digging a hole and planting trees is pretty hard work! You have to find a main root, cut off circling roots, dig a big hole, place the tree in it, and then bury it with dirt and cover it with mulch. 

Holly Nagel and a wheel-barrel

Holly N. and a wheel-barrel! 

 

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation - (03/22/19)

A group of BU students went to HVAF and did some service. 7 of them pose for a picture.

On Friday, March 22nd, the Volunteer Center went to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. They assisted with donation sorting and organization. Project leader, Will Gigerich, said that the project went fantastic! Learn more about HVAF

 

Non-Profit Panel - (02/25/19)

Non-profit Panel

What is better than free breadsticks? Obviously it is discovering your passion! We hosted our first-ever Non-Profit Panel and it went so well! We had Abby Dennis (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful), O'Nealya Gronstal (Wheeler Mission), Chelsea Marburger (Project Purse Indianapolis) come and talk to students about why they are active in service and with their particular organization. Students received free breadsticks and had an amazing time!

 

Blood Drive - (02/20/19)

The Volunteer center coordinated with American Red Cross to set up a truly life changing service event. 

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation. 

American Red Cross has very interesting facts about blood! 

  • Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
  • Nearly 21 million blood products are transfused each year. 
  • Platelets, critical for cancer patients, must be transfused within 5 days of donation.
  • Adults have around 10 pints of blood in their bodies.  About 1 pint is given during a donation. 
  • Only 7% of people have the universal blood type, O negative
  • Blood donors can give blood every 56 days. Platelet donors can donate every 7 days. 
  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 
  • 1 donation can save up to 3 lives.

Tamryn G. Donated Blood

BU student, Tamryn G., stopped by the Irvington Meeting room to donate blood! She said she felt great after!

Chad Donated

BU student, Chad H., also stopped by on his free time to help save some lives. 

Suzanne Dwyer Donated

Suzanne D, Volunteer Center's Student Director, had a wonderful time donating blood and helping save lives with service. 

Brooke Blevins Donated

Brooke B, Volunteer Center's Event Coordinator, was stuck with the test of not passing out during her donation! Go Brooke! 

In total, 86 people came to the blood drive, 7 people were deferred, 1 person did not finish, 5 people did a double, but overall, WE COLLECTED 71 GOOD UNITS OF BLOOD! Enough to save 213 people!

 

Immigrant Welcome Center's Distribution Day - (02/15/19)

Immigrant Welcome Center

On Friday, February 15th, the Volunteer Center went with volunteers to the Immigrant Welcome Center's distribution for their Donation Drive. They sorted items and assisted with a distribution drive event for immigrants and refugees in Indianapolis. It was an amazing time full of laughs, education, and service. 

Immigrant Welcome Center

Immigrant Welcome Center 2

Immigrant Welcome Center 3

Learn more about the Immigrant Welcome Center.

 

Volunteer Center Open House - Why Do You LOVE Volunteering? (02/14/19)

AM + HN

Alexis Martinez and Holly Nagel stopped by the Volunteer Center to grab a cookie and tell us about how much they love volunteering. 

I love Volunteering

Everyone who came signed a board to tell us about why they love volunteering. 

Shelby

Shelby Burmeister loves volunteering!

Our open house was a success and so many people came by to tell us why they volunteer. If you are looking to do a project on your free time, stop in the office and talk to us about how you could start your service.  

 

Dream Run - (01/19/19) 

Dream Run Image

On January 19th, the Volunteer Center participated in the annual Dream Run held at the Butler Tarkington. 

People Running at Dream Run

The picture above is showing a group of people coming together for the Dream Run, the 2nd annual 5K event hosted by BTNA during the weekend dedicated to celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

Police Escort for Dream Run

Police escorting our VC friends!

Dream Run Sign

Overall, the event was a success and an overall great turn out! Check back in next year and get involved!

 

Damar Services - (12/08/18)

Damar's mission is to provide residential, educational and support services for children and adults with developmental disabilities that promote their fullest individual potential and prepare them to live with as much independence as possible in their chosen community. Check out more of their information and get involved!

Kassie and Will at Damar

The picture above is our Web Developer, Kassie Burchett, and our Communications Coordinator, Will Gigerich, at Damar helping serve by wrapping presents. 

Wrapping presents at Damar

Above is a picture of delightful Butler students serving their community at Damar. They really enjoyed this experience!

Girl wrapping presents at Damar

Better wear a scarf for the winter... brrr. What outfit is better to wrap presents in than a cozy outfit and a cute scarf?

Teamwork wrapping presents

What is going to work? Teamwork! Butler students using teamwork to wrap presents for the families at Damar. Friends, family, and love is all you need for the holidays!

 

Oxfam Hunger Banquet - (11/15/18)

Over the past four decades, more than 875,00 people have attended Oxfam Hunger Banquet around the country. The goal is to raise awareness and funds in order to help world hunger. This event has the goal of leaving an impact on each and every one of the attendees. Oxfam America, our host, is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. 

Brooke Blevins speaking at Oxfam

Our Events Coordinator, Brooke Blevins, informing students about what the Oxfam Hunger Banquet is all about. 

VC Staff 2018

The Volunteer Center staff smiling for a picture!

Butler University Students at Oxfam

Butler students learning about food insecurity.

Our Events Coordinator sent out an Oxfam response questionnaire and we heard wonderful anonymous feedback from students who attended. 

- 100% of responses said that they would attend Oxfam again.

- 90% of responses said that they gained a better understanding of food insecurity in Indiana and socioeconomic statuses through this experience. 10% said they felt neutral on the scale. 

- 90% of responses said that they felt that their table had a very meaningful conversation about food insecurity. 10% said they felt neutral on the scale. 

- 100% or responses said that they enjoyed the speaker.