April 09, 2008

Students to help with community service projects

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — It's a day of service to others – Saluki style! Southern Illinois University Carbondale students will participate in three community service projects on Saturday, April 19.

At The Women's Center, located at 610 S. Thompson St. (just off Mill Street) in Carbondale, volunteers will help with small interior painting projects and exterior landscaping work from 9 a.m. until noon. At the Boys and Girls Club, at 250 N. Springer St., SIUC volunteers will help paint the "Signs of Life" mural, wash windows and do landscaping from 9 a.m. until noon.

Finally, a volunteer group will paint T-shirts in the Illinois Room of the Student Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The students will create and decorate specialized T-shirts for children in Zambia, Africa orphaned by AIDS.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the Saluki Service Day activities. To do so, visit any of the three service sites during the hours specified in this release. For more information, contact Jill Pierard at 618/453-5714 or via e-mail at jmpiera@siu.edu.

The service day is in celebration of National Youth Service Day and National Volunteer Week.

There is a maximum of 20 students for each volunteer activity. Students should pre-register with Saluki Volunteer Corps in the Student Development office, on the third floor of the SIUC Student Center, no later than 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. After the Service Day work is complete, the student volunteers will get a complimentary pizza and soda lunch at the Alumni Lounge of the Student Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jill Pierard, Student Development graduate assistant, at 618/453-5714 or by e-mail at jmpiera@siu.edu.