What's Going on at the VC?
Butler University's Volunteer Center is always a busy place! From planning off-campus service projects to helping students identify their role in the community, there is something for everyone. Check out some of the service sites and projects our students have completed this semester!
During this month, we will be focusing around our theme of Animal Protection and Advocacy.
We will have a campus-sponored project at the Fletcher Place on October 6th from 1:00-4:00 PM.
Join us on our trip, we would love to have you with us for the Fletcher Place Event!
In November, the city of Indianapolis hosted their annual Monumental Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K. This year marked the seventh completion of the fastest and largest marathon in Indiana. Additionally, records were broken for attendance, time, and number of participants.
On Friday, November 1, fifteen Butler students helped out at the Expo, retrieving and passing out registration packets and information for the participants. The volunteers were able to interact and socialize with the runners, who were representative of several cities and states across the nation.
Students of all different grade levels and majors participated in the project and were able to grow as individuals and volunteers during this service project. Freshman, Sasha Koller, attended the Expo and was very grateful to participate in this great opportunity: "I was working alongside one man that had run marathons his entire life, and, even though he could no longer participate in them, he continues his passions through volunteering. It was also inspiring to see the people that were both participating and volunteering." Although at times it was difficult to see the direct service that the volunteers were doing, Sasha said, "Sometimes it can be a little difficult to understand the help you are doing, but I believe it's important to look at the big picture and think about how your work will benefit others and the organization in the long run."
To see more pictures from the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Expo, check out the Volunteer Center Project Gallery!
We just had our blood drive where students, administrators, staff, and faculty from Butler University, participated in the donations. Appointments were made online before the Blood Drive, as well as walk-ins. The Reilly Room, located in Atherton Union, had a constant stream of people during the entire event. Students were also able to volunteer at the Blood Drive, working sign in tables and providing snacks and drinks to blood donors after their donation. Spring American Red Cross Blood Drive. Throughout the day, 140 people signed-up to give blood
The Volunteer Center has been partnering with the American Red Cross for several years to organize blood drives during the academic year. Student Liaison, Taylor Clark, worked with Donor Recruitment Representative, Meg Ahlering, to coordinate the campus wide event. Taylor Clark was extremely pleased with the results, "over the past two years that I have planned the Blood Drives with the American Red Cross, we have seen increased amounts of units donated each semester due to the increased participation from the student body. We appreciate everyone's efforts from our donors, volunteers, and American Red Cross!" Their teamwork allowed for Butler to reach record breaking numbers, yet again, with a total of 110 units collected! These donations will help to save the lives of 330 patients across the Indianapolis area, as well as the country.
According to the American Red Cross, every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of blood. That's about 17 million donations-or nearly 23 million blood products-transfused to 5 million patients a year. Freshman Michelle Marten was very interested in donating blood because it was a great way to give back. Michelle said, "It was great seeing so many people come out to support the American Red Cross! It is definitely something I would do again".
Stay tuned for our next blood drive!