for ways to help
Over 45 students volunteer
morning to help community
The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 6, 1989 - Page 5
- plans to
by Christine Kloostra
by Kerry Birmingham
Forty-five University students
"took to the streets" yesterday, offer-
ing their services as part of a com-
munity-wide effort to increase volun-
teer awareness and participation.
"I put up storm windows for
elderly people," said graduate student
Margaret Wood, one of the project's
coordinators. "It was a wonderful ex-
Participants in Campus Service
Day, a biannual event sponsored by
Project S.E.R.V.E. (Students in Ed-
ucationally Rewarding Volunteer
Experiences), were given a chance to
get involved with local organiza-
tions. Volunteers spent the morning
cleaning shelters, talking to residents
at a juvenile delinquency center, and
assisting with a horseback riding
program for disabled children.
"It was great to be a part of
something like this. You felt like
you were actually doing some good,"
said first-year student Debbi Rosen-
-stein, who helped out with Commu-
nity High School's recycling cam-
"I think all the students were re-
ally impacted by the people they.
were helping," said Project
S.E.R.V.E. Director Anita Bohn,
who organized Campus Service Day.
"The participants who cleaned the
Women In Transition house, for in-
stance, worked right alongside resi-
dents of the home. Many would like
to go back and help again."
In the afternoon, about 100 peo-
ple attended a Service Opportunities
Fair in the Michigan Union Ball-
room. At information tables, repre-
sentatives from 70 organizations
hoped to attract student volunteers.
Participants and representatives
called the event a success.
"Both the students who helped
out this morning and those who
signed up this afternoon seemed se-
riously committed," said Sue Bris-
tol, Community High School Stu-
dent Center Facilitator. "We're very
thankful for all their help."
Besides sponsoring the Campus
Service Day, Project S.E.R.V.E.
operates as a year-round information
and referral center for students who
wish to volunteer. They offer other
programs and plan to hold another
fair in January.
An Ann Arbor group is planning
to demonstrate against a Nazi group
which will march in Farmington on
The Nazis are planning to disrupt
a racial harmony rally organized'to
confront racial tension in Farmingt
ton on the same day.
The Committee to Oppose the
Nazis last night discussed mobiliza-
tion against a Dearborn-based neo-
Nazi group called SS Action.
The Committee to Oppose the
Nazis - composed of University
students, employees, and local resin
dents - plans to counter-demon,
strate against the fascist organization
despite the racial harmony group's
desire that they be ignored, said rally
The committee decided that it
would not provoke violence, but
would react physically if attacked by
the Nazis. It also stated that it would
respect the wishes of racial unity
march organizers by not interfering
with the rally.
"I think the purpose of the meet=
ing and planning an agenda is to
show support for the rally in Farm-
ington and to show the Nazis that
they won't go unopposed, " said
sophomore Cal Hawkins, an event
LSA Senior Cheryl Tilles speaks to Anna Gilmore from Tender Loving Care Mentor Program during the Project
S.E.R.V.E. information service in the Union Ballroom.
Director Bohn stressed the need
for increased student involvement in
volunteer activities. "Many of the
agencies we work with are dependent
on volunteers," she said, "and there
are lots of one day projects available
for individuals or groups who don't
have the time to help out every
Sarah Christensen, Volunteer
Coordinator for Domestic Violence
Project/SafeHouse agreed. "We have
about 170 volunteers; and 75 percent
of them are students. We could not
operate without their support."
Besides crisis intervention, vol-
unteers were sought in areas such as
mental health, hunger projects, dis-
abled individuals and youth in-
volvement. Several agencies asked
for as little as an hour a week com-
"We look for people to tutor high
school students in all subject areas,''
said Ann Arbor Public Schools Tu-
torial Services representative Edna
Jackson-Gray. "We usually get
twenty-five to thirty volunteers and a
good number of them are college
Many representatives said they
were impressed with the students'
committment. "Everyone who
signed up seemed very interested in
meaningful, rewarding work," said
Liz Lindsey, Volunteer Services Co-
ordinator for the Assault Crisis Cen-
Anyone who missed the fair and
is interested in volunteering at one
of over 120 local agencies is invited
to stop by Project S.E.R.V.E., 2211
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