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WVU Tech Service Week will connect students to nine days of volunteer activities

A WVU Tech student helps clean up during flood relief efforts

Beginning Saturday, April 22, WVU Tech students will be able to participate in a week full of activities with a purpose. It’s WVU Tech Service Week, and its goal is to connect students with a variety of ways that they can give back to the community.

Organized by WVU Tech alumnus and AmeriCorps VISTA, Scotty Stone, WVU Tech Service Week offers a little something for everyone.

“There are environmental causes, puppies, outdoor activities, video games and even cosplay. I think this will be a great week for students to really learn what kind of service they enjoy,” he said.

WVU Tech Service Week includes the following events:

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day Cleanup around Beckley with the Piney Creek Watershed Association

Monday, April 24 – Dog toy crafting at Spring Fling with Delta Kappa Theta

Tuesday, April 25 – Montgomery Day of Play with the S.C.O.O.T. Club, Gaming at Tech and the Town of Montgomery

Wednesday, April 26 – Screening of "Audrie and Daisy" with WVU Tech’s Counseling Center in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Thursday, April 27 – Tree planting and creek cleanup with the WVU Tech Biology Club and the Morris Creek Watershed Association

Friday through Sunday, April 28-30 – Causeacon convention with Gaming at Tech and the Women’s Resource Center

Saturday, April 29 – Drive 4 Ur Community and Healthy Kids Day with Big Brothers Big Sisters and WVU Tech's men's and women's soccer teams

Stone said that each event was carefully chosen to offer students a chance to provide a meaningful impact while building a sense of ownership in their community.

“I want every community that WVU Tech touches to have a positive experience with our students, and that’s something I think our students will be able to take pride in. Having multiple events for students to choose from will ensure that nobody feels left out, and it really helps to build a community bonded through service,” he said.

Candice Stadler, director of WVU Tech’s department of Career Services and Cooperative Education, said students on the fence about helping out should give volunteering a shot because the experience provides a wide range of benefits.

“Studies have shown that serving has been proven to have health benefits, help students build civic responsibility as well as making students more attractive to graduate schools and employers,” she said.

“On a deeper level, service builds important life skills like problem-solving and team work. Overall, we believe that students that participate in community service will become more engaged citizens after they graduate from WVU Tech.”