Ashland University to Celebrate Community Service Week

10/19/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The Center for Community Service at Ashland University has scheduled a number of events for students as well as faculty and staff members as part of its "Calling All Volunteers" Community Service Week Oct. 23-30.

The week of special events begins on Make-A-Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 23. Students will be assisting with a variety of projects throughout the community, including leaf raking for senior citizens.

Collection for Delta Zeta sorority's "Trick or Treat - Help Someone Eat" canned food drive will continue through Sunday, Oct. 24. Canned food may be dropped off on the first floor of any residence hall and the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, the Hunger Team of Ashland University's Community Care will help sponsor the CROP walk. The walk starts at 2:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 2 p.m. The route starts and ends at Christ United Methodist Church, 1140 Claremont Ave. in Ashland. Walkers may walk either one or six miles. All are invited to walk. Co-sponsored by AU's Community Care and local churches, the event is put together through Church World Service. Walkers are encouraged to find sponsors to raise money for world hunger. Twenty-five percent of the money raised stays in Ashland and the rest is distributed worldwide.

On Monday, Oct. 25, people can vote on the Habitat for Humanity House Challenge between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Lobby. Students as well as faculty and staff members can receive a house kit and are able to decorate their house in an effort to win prizes in specific categories. During voting, each house will have a collection jar in front of it and the house raising the most money will win with the "People's Choice Award."

Also on Monday, students will participate in a Youth and Literacy Middle School Book Club and a Hunger Team visit to the Pump House, while at 7 p.m. the Adopt-a-Grandparent Team of Community Care will host a pumpkin painting session in the Student Organization Resource Room of the Student Center.

The special week continues on Tuesday, Oct. 26, with a Halloween Party sponsored by the Adopt-a-Grandparent Team at Good Shepherd Home at 6 p.m. Tuesday also will feature the Youth and Literacy Team Tutoring at Trinity Lutheran Church in the afternoon and the Crisis Crew Movie Night at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium as well as the PAW "Blind Faith" Seeing Eye Dog Obstacle Course at 8 p.m. in the Recreation Center.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, students will meet in Redwood Hall at 9 p.m. to help to make fleece blankets for children. All blankets will be donated to Project Linus, an organization that gives blankets to children who have been traumatized in various ways. Other events on Wednesday include the Crisis Crew Letter Writing to Our Troops at 8 p.m. in the Student Organization Resource Room and PAW Dog Walking between 12-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, a social activist question-and-answer panel discussion on "How Can I Make a Bigger Difference?" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Other events for the day include the PAW Dog Walking between 12-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. and the Adopt-a-Grandparent Team will return to the Good Shepherd Home at 7 p.m.

The Green Team Craft will meet at Trinity Lutheran Church on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 29, while on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Hunger Team Breakfast will be held followed by the Habitat for Humanity Build and a Youth and Literacy Halloween Story Time at 10:30 a.m. in the Ashland University Bookstore. All are asked to come dressed in a Halloween costume.

For further information about any of the events, contact Rebecca Schaaf in the Center for Community Service at 419-289-5729.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.