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New UMN Morris Students to Volunteer at Day of Service

Students harvesting seeds
Author: 
Claudia Iron Hawk, Office of Community Engagement
Publication date: 
August 1, 2019

On August 9 STELLAR and Gateway students from the University of Minnesota Morris will take part in a Day of Service. They will volunteer for a variety of community service projects.

The Day of Service will include projects in which students will collaborate with:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Morris Wetlands Management
  • Stevens County Food Shelf
  • Stevens County Human Services Backpack Program
  • Intergenerational Community Art Project with Stevens County Fair
  • Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance
  • West Wind Village
  • Legacy
  • Skyview

Students will team up to help The Habitat for Humanity project. Another group of students will gather at the Morris Wetlands project to harvest seeds and remove invasive species, alongside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Students helping with the Stevens County Food Shelf project will source local produce for future community meals and for distribution at the Stevens County Food Shelf and the campus food shelf.

All of these community service projects will take place from 1-5 p.m. Community members are encouraged to donate or stop-by.

How You Can Help

Community Engagement needs your help with the Backpack Program and the Intergenerational Community Art Project.

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program is a school supplies collection project and will take place from 1–5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Willie’s
  • Meadowland Market
  • Town and Country
  • Family Dollar

Those interested in donating  new school supplies can stop at one of these locations to donate. There is a particular need for:

  • Washable markers
  • Black dry erase markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor sets

Various other school related supplies will also be accepted, along with cash. The donated supplies will go to students in need.

Intergenerational Community Art Project

For the Intergenerational Community Art Project, children, elders, and college students will contribute to an art piece documenting their favorite places in Stevens County. The pieces will then be joined together and displayed at the Stevens County Courthouse. Children are invited to help create pieces at the Stevens County fairgrounds. Those interested can find Community Engagement at the fairgrounds from 1–5 p.m.

Learn More

The STELLAR and Gateway Day of Service is co-sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs at UMN Morris. To learn more, contact the Office of Community Engagement at 320-589-6457 or engagmnt@morris.umn.edu.