Ivy Tech Community College to celebrate statewide Days of Service project

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate its 3rd annual Ivy Tech Days of Service, which will take place April 24-26 at all campuses statewide. Some events will take place as early as April 17 with a Habitat for Humanity Panel Build on the Indianapolis campus.

More than 1,000 Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff from every Ivy Tech region will be completing service projects in their local communities. The following projects will be occurring across the state.

Gary Campus
Partnering Organization: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (both days)
Volunteers will be sorting and organizing donated items assisting the packing food boxes for their Back Pack Program.

Valparaiso Campus
Partnering Organization: Lakeshore PAWS
Friday, April 25, Hours TBD
Lakeshore PAWS is a volunteer-run, nonprofit animal rescue. Volunteers will assist with finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in Northwest Indiana.

Valparaiso Campus
Partnering Organization: Porter County Animal Shelter
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will assist at the 16th Annual Be Kind To Animals Pet Care Expo. The event will be held at the Porter County Expo Center. Be Kind To Animals is one of the most well attended animal care events in Northwest Indiana.

East Chicago Campus
Partnering Organization: Oak Hill Cemetery
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located in Hammond, Indiana, Oak Hill Cemetery is a cemetery that has been abandoned for many years. Many World War II Veteran’s graves are located here, but without headstones. The Cemetery needs some tender loving care. Volunteers will help clean-up the cemetery that holds so many of our war heroes.

Michigan City Campus
Partnering Organization: Washington Park Zoo
Friday, April 25, Time TBD
Washington Park Zoo was founded in 1928 and exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. Volunteers will serve as honorary zookeepers and help with clean-up and other improvement projects.

Warsaw Campus
Partnering Organization: Animal Welfare League of Warsaw
Saturday, April 26, 10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be walking animals, exercising animals, bathing animals, cleaning the gardens, and cleaning and sanitizing the building. The campus is also having a drive for animal supplies including food and toys which will last through April 26.

South Bend Campus
Partnering Organization: St. Joseph Minority Health Coalition & Hope Ministries
Saturday, April 26
This organization serves homeless men, women, families and children in the South Bend area. Volunteers will assist with health screenings, spring clean-up, painting, and serving dinner to the
residents.

Elkhart Campus
Partnering Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Goshen
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will be cleaning, as well as planting a garden.

Fort Wayne Campus
Partnering Organization: Fort Wayne Chapter of the Association for Education of Young Children
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will be constructing two Story Walks on trails near campus for families to participate in during the weekend to encourage family time, early literacy and healthy habits like exercise.

Fort Wayne Campus
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. volunteers will be running the Touch-a-Truck event (event is 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) which is a free event for community families with children. Volunteers also have spent the past two months collecting vehicles and donations for this event.

Lafayette Campus
Partnering Organization: YMCA
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will be painting and cleaning at the YMCA and also at the camp ground owned by the Y.

Kokomo Campus
Partnering Organization: Advantage Housing
Saturday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Advantage Housing in Kokomo works to provide safe, affordable housing to families in need. Volunteers will be split to several locations doing yard work, painting porch railings, and planting flowers for the housing units maintained by Advantage Housing. Many of their clients are elderly and/or disabled.

Logansport Campus
Partnering Organization: Ivy Tech Community College Logansport
Thursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The campus is creating a nature path on the northwest side of campus that will also be a part of a Frisbee golf course. Volunteers will help clear the walking path of debris following a tough winter, clear space for benches and signs along the path, and dig holes for the Frisbee golf goals. This project is bringing together a space that can be shared within the Logansport community for all people, and connecting the trail to an established trail around the Girl Scout camp.

Anderson Campus
Partnering Organization: Operation Love of Madison County
Thursday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers will sort and hang clothes for the clothing bank and complete general cleaning of the facility.

Muncie Campus
Partnering Organization: 2nd Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana.
Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Food Bank is available to assist individuals and families with locating emergency food assistance services in the community. Volunteers will assist with packaging meals and sorting food and supplies.

Marion Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Students will assist with several tasks including painting of the home. Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

Terre Haute Campus
Partnering Organization: Downtown Terre Haute, Inc.
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will complete clean-up projects including sweeping streets, removing plants from flower beds, and spreading new mulch. Some light painting may also happen. The mission of Downtown Terre Haute, Inc. is to preserve, create and promote a downtown neighborhood that is a vibrant hub for business, entertainment, government, arts and educational activity, attracting both local residents and area visitors.

Terre Haute Campus
Partnering Organization: The Lighthouse Mission
Tuesday, April 29
Volunteers will set up the dining area and serve the evening meal. The purpose and mission of the Light House Mission is to aid, assist, and care for homeless individuals by providing shelter, food, clothing, education, and emergency services without regard for race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or medical condition.

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Central Indiana
Thursday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be working with Habitat for Humanity staff to frame a home for a local Hoosier family. A Panel Build is an event, usually in a parking lot, where volunteers temporarily construct the frame of a house. It is then taken down in panels and transported to the home site to be permanently assembled

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful
Saturday April 26, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be completing clean-up projects at a park in Irvington.

Indianapolis Campus
Partnering Organization: Jewish Community Center
Ivy Tech is partnering with the JCC for the annual Earth Day Celebration. This family-friendly, hands-on, “learn by doing” community event is designed to inspire good environmental stewardship and to reconnect people with nature. The JCC’s mission has always been to enhance the physical, social, emotional and spiritual health of the Indianapolis community. The JCC’s Earth Day Celebration fulfills this mission and more by promoting the health and well-being of our residents as well as our environment.

Richmond Campus
Partnering Organization: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center
Thursday, April 24, 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Volunteers will prep trails, clean stalls, clean tack, and organize office space

Richmond Campus
Habitat for Humanity
Thursday, April 24
Volunteers will paint, clean, landscape demolition, and install siding

Richmond Campus
Cope Environmental Center
Thursday, April 24
Volunteers will prep trails and remove invasive plants.

Columbus Campus
Partnering Organization: Donner Park/Columbus Park and Recreation
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will complete clean-up projects including painting lockers, trimming shrubs and trees, and fixing picnic benches. They will also be assembling bracelets for the “Friends of the People Trail Project.”

Madison Campus
Partnering Organization: Jefferson County United Way
Saturday, April 26
Volunteers will be participating in the Jefferson County United Way Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. Students have formed their own team to raise funds and awareness. Students will also be on hand to assist as event volunteers.

Lawrenceburg Campus
Partnering Organization: Dearborn County Solid Waste and Recycling Center
Tuesday, April 22
Volunteers will complete clean-up project, promote recycling and environmental awareness, as well as the celebration of Earth Day.

Evansville Campus
Partnering Organization: American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will assist with grounds cleanup and general landscaping, cleaning and washing of American Red Cross service vehicles, clerical tasks and organization, filing and alphabetizing, and washing, sanitizing and drying CPR dummies and equipment.
Evansville Campus
Partnering Organization: United Way of Southwestern Indiana
Friday, April 25
Volunteers will assist with the “Spring into Caring FOOD DRIVE” event. They will load food and non-perishables items onto trucks, greet food donors, register and organize donations, direct traffic in parking lot, and do food and drink preparation.

Sellersburg Campus
Partnering organization: Growing Healthy Lives (GHL) Clark County
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana and GHL Clark County have partnered to create a community park and new half mile walking trail on Ivy Tech’s campus. With funds provided by both organizations, Ivy Tech volunteers will begin clearing the proposed trail sites, clean-up the creek area, and construct a small bridge over a creek.

Bloomington Campus
April 23-25
Ivy Tech will host its 11th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, including a fundraising dinner on April 24 with General Colin Powell, USA (ret.).On Friday, a full day of panel discussions, workshops, and closing conversation will focus on this year’s theme, Cultivating Leadership: Food for Thought. Panels will address becoming locally involved and the politics surrounding food supply. The day will close with a final conversation with Chancellor Emeritus and Deputy Mayor of Bloomington, John R. Whikehart, and Bob Zaltsberg, Editor, The Herald-Times. Opening remarks and the Institute kick-off by Former Indiana First Lady, Judy O’Bannon, begin at 9 a.m.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Saturday April 19
8am – 4:30pm
20 Ivy Tech volunteers will be working on a local house to finish the final stages of the build.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Habitat Restore
Thursday April 24
10am – 2pm
Volunteers will be performing general maintenance and building upkeep as well as donation sorting and cleaning.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: City of Bloomington Community Gardens
Thursday April 24th
1pm – 4pm
This is a site specifically for Ivy Tech student leadership (Campus Activities Board, Ambassadors, Student Government). Students will be preparing the beds for the city community gardens.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Hoosier Hills Food Bank
Thursday April 24
9:30 – 12:30pm
Volunteers will be working in the warehouse sorting donations.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Ivy Tech Garden
Thursday April 24
12pm – 2pm
Volunteers will be planting for the garden on campus benefiting Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.

Bloomington Campus
Partnering Organization: Head Start and Early Head Start
Thursday April 24
9am – 11am
Volunteers will be working with preschool children at one of two Head Start locations to plant seeds and talk about plants and gardens.

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