West Virginia State University’s Cares Day

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
(304) 766-3363
March 27, 2014
West Virginia State University’s Cares Day
A Day of Community Service, April 26

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) will give back to Kanawha Valley residents on Saturday, April 26, during the University’s annual Cares Day.

The day-long event will bring together WVSU students, faculty, staff and alumni who will fan out across Kanawha and Putnam counties to perform volunteer work on a variety of projects in support of area residents.

“Last year we introduced Cares Day to the Kanawha Valley as a way to say thank you for the community’s support of West Virginia State University,” said President Brian O. Hemphill. “WVSU is dedicated to teaching, research and service. Cares Day is one example of our commitment to improving the surrounding community by lending many hands to needed projects in towns and cities across the two county region.”

Volunteers are still being sought to participate in Cares Day. All current and former Yellow Jackets are welcome to lend a hand.

A registration form for volunteers is available online at www.wvstateu.edu/caresday. Registration is required and the deadline to register to be a volunteer is April 11. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and be treated to a picnic meal and entertainment on campus at the end of the day.

Volunteers will be working on a variety of types of projects throughout the area that could include: roadside clean-up, painting, tree trimming, digging or window washing. Other types of projects could involve working with youth, literacy education, serving meals or office work.

Individuals and groups in the community can submit job sites for consideration as part of Cares Day. The application to submit a job site for consideration can also be found at www.wvstateu.edu/caresday.

The deadline to submit a job site for consideration is also April 11.

In addition to the website, registration forms for volunteers and applications for job site consideration can be picked up in room 103 of the Wilson University Union or in room 130 of Ferrell Hall, both located on the WVSU Institute campus.

For more information, contact Joe Oden at (304) 766-3140 or odenjr@wvstateu.edu or Jerry Miller at (304) 766-3260 or jmiller@wvstateu.edu.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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