The Week of Engagement takes place every April during National Volunteer Week and is designed to showcase service and engagement on campus. During the week, students participate in large scale service projects to benefit the community. The Engagement Celebration recognizes individuals and organizations across campus that have shown a strong commitment to service and civic engagement.
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To kick off Week of Engagement, over 125 WVU students packed just under 45,000 dehydrated rice/soy meals, fortified with 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. These meals are shipped to the world’s most impoverished populations, as one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This is a partnership with the local rotary clubs, who volunteered for the first shift. This year, we collected $13,000 for the event, with $1,000 sponsored by SGA. Leadership from Rotary has voiced their appreciation for the event because it enhances campus-community relationships as students and residents work alongside one another. Next year’s goal is to have at least 200 WVU students participate.
On Monday, April 11, WVU Veterans Affairs and the WVU VISTA Collaborative, sponsored a Veterans Resource Fair as part of the week of Engagement. The event was from 11am to 2pm in the main lobby of the Mountainlair. This was an opportunity for the WVU community to learn about resources available and how they might help veterans here at the university and in Morgantown. Between 20-30 veterans attended the showcase, which helped build community and connect resources.
On Equal Pay Day, the CS&L teamed up with the Council for Women’s Concerns (CWC) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the Equal Pay Day Bake Sale. This provided an opportunity to educate students about the gender wage gap and Title IX, in order for women to network and build community. The Bake Sale was held both downtown and near the Evandsdale Crossing. Volunteers recruited through iServe assisted throughout the day, passing out stickers and promotional material for the new $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop coming to WVU, as well as helping with setup and tear down. It is unknown exactly how much money was made, but rough estimates put us at over $500 between the two bake sales.
For a Million Ways to Serve Day of Service we were able to showcase all of the many, exciting ways in which students, faculty and staff serve the broader state and local community. We encouraged individuals to select a project that matches their passions and interests or occurs in an area that they would like to learn more about. These projectswere mostly walk-in welcome, and within walking distance of campus. We recruited over 20 of our community partners to host students for this event, and had over 100 volunteers sign up!
Also, the CS&L hosted a national service showcase to highlight another opportunity for student engagement. Six agencies from around the state represented their organization and recruited AmeriCorps members for both summer and year-long appointments. These agencies included; The Collaborative at WVU, WV Campus Compact, Energy Express, WV Promise- The Alliance for Youth, the WV HUB, and the Coal Heritage Highway Authority.
Our annual Excellence in Engagement Awards Celebration was held at the Hotel Morgan, with the honorable Senator John R. Unger, Minority Whip for the WV Senate as keynote speaker for the evening. This event recognized a faculty member, student, and community partner for their excellence in civic engagement, as well as 5 WVU students who received the President’s Volunteer Service Awards – Gold Level designation (over 250 service hours).
Outstanding Student Service – Andrew Sutherland
Outstanding Faculty Member – Dr. Marlon Knights
Outstanding Community Partner – Christian Help
Area veterans are engaged in a veterans day of service by helping build a home for a local family. On April 16th, veterans and future veterans spent the day building a home for a local family while making connections with one another. In an effort to build community and create connections, current and future veterans participated in the event, including WVU student veterans, WVU ROTC, employed veterans in the community and students from the Mountaineer Challenge Academy. The event was coordinated by the VISTA Collaborative with the WVU Center for Service and Learning, along with WVU Office of Veterans Affairs.