The new Kent State Provost, Dr. Frank, spoke to the Kent Rotary Club last week and he continued the theme of town/gown collaboration that Dr. Lefton has made a signature of his administration. From the City’s perspective it’s a great message to hear but even better than the quotes are the actions that Kent State students are taking in our community every day. I am pleased to report that volunteerism is alive and well in Kent and Kent State students are a big reason why. Here’s a short list put together by the Community Service Leader at Kent State of all the volunteer activities she has arranged for students to do in just the last six months. I hate to reduce the volunteer spirit to dollars and cents but the value of the free labor adds up to a $35,000 contribution to the Kent community since July. Big thanks to all those students that were a part of the Kent volunteer effort. Your work is sincerely appreciated.
WHAT KSU STUDENTS HAVE BEEN DOING SINCE JULY 2007
*These are low estimates of the impact that KSU students have had in our community. I can only record the projects that I organize and know about.
-15 Volunteers were part of our Summer of Service Program. Activities ranged from a Spelling Bee, an end of the BBQ, helping an elderly woman move, working at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. They did a total of 71 hours which is equivalent to $1,332.67.
– 179 Volunteers were part of our Residence Day of Service on Saturday, August 18th. All of the Resident Assistants and Resident Hall Directors spent at least 3 hours on this day volunteering at one of 16 different local community partners making a total of 601.5 hours of volunteer work done that day. According to the Independent Sector, this day of service gave back $11,290.16 to the community.
– 29 volunteers participated in our Week of Welcome Community Service Project for incoming freshman on Saturday, August 25th. These students did 70.5 hours of volunteer work between 3 sites which is equivalent to $1,323.29 back to the community. An additional 5 Kent State students
– 83 Volunteers have participated in the Super Service Saturday program. To date, they have worked at 15 sites totaling 914 hours of volunteer service. This is equivalent to $17,155.78 back to the community since September!
– We have 10 students tutoring twice at week at the King Kennedy Center in Ravenna. They have tutored 224 hours and have given back $4,204.48.
– KSU volunteers were the majority of volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s project, the Freedom House in Kent. We had volunteers out there every single week they were working on the project. On October 27th, Make a Difference Day we had over 60 KSU volunteers at the site.
– KSU organized their first Make a Difference Day committee. We had 10 student organizations plan and run a campus wide food drive as part of Portage County’s food drive to help CHANGE HUNGER. KSU collected 1,211.5 lbs of food that helped Portage County collect a total of 17,700 lbs of food. KSU placed in 2nd for the top 3 collections overall; and 2nd place for the top 3 agency collections.
Number and list of agencies served: 21
– Four Seasons at Kent – Hospice of Visiting Nurses
– Robinson Memorial Hospital -Materials Management
– Senior Nutrition Program – Catholic Charities of Portage
– Akron Canton Regional Foodbank – Stow Glen Retirement Village
– Red Cross of Portage County – Safer Futures
– Hattie Larlham – Portage Animal Protective League
– Goodwill Industries – St. Joseph’s Child Care and Preschool
– Salvation Army – Family and Community Services
– Miller Community House – King Kennedy Community Center
– Boys and Girls Club of Summit County
– Habitat for Humanity of Portage County
– Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization
Approx. number of student volunteers: 300
Approx. number of service hours provided: 1,881 hours
Equivalent to approx $35,306.37 in terms of dollar value that KSU has given back to the community since July.
(The dollar value for one hour of volunteer time for 2006 is estimated at $18.77) Independent Sector.org
Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA
Community Service Leader
Kent State University
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Office: (330) 672-8010
Fax: (330) 672-2052