The Big Event is coming. Are you registered?
Nearly 200 Washburn students already have signed up for the Saturday, April 13 day of service. Washburn’s Big Event: Bods into the Streets is a partnership of the Washburn Student Government Association and the Learning in the Community Bonner Leaders.
The day-long effort is meant to give students, faculty, staff and anyone in Topeka who wants to a hassel-free way to volunteer. Using the connections of LinC and its Bonner Leaders, dozens of community organizations are involved as service sites.
When registration opened at midnight on March 1, WSGA staff were surprised at what they saw, said Chase Sachs, Campus and Community Affairs Director for WSGA.
“We were expecting maybe 30 people to register that night,” he recalled. “Then all of the sudden 30 people registered at once. Helping Hands Humane Society closed in the first 20 minutes. There were people registering at 3 a.m.”
Helping Hands said it needed 29 people for the day. So, once 29 people chose that opportunity at registration, the option to work at Helping Hands was closed.
“It was a nice change from last year,” Sachs said.
Last year about 200 people participated. This year, nearly that many had registered before Spring Break. Registration ends this week. There still are a variety of options and if necessary, Sachs said, new sites can be added. Student organizations who participate can list their club name at registration and the service will be credited toward WSGA funding requirements.
“You should want to give back and be a part of the community that’s given you so much,” said Sachs, who represents WSGA as event co-chair. Katty Vasquez, a Bonner Leader, represents LinC as a co-chair. The two groups are partnering for the second year.
Once registered, participants need only to show up in work clothes by 9 a.m. to Whiting Field House. During sign in, breakfast and T-shirts will be provided as well as other goodies to get the group in the spirit. Buses will take participants to and from their service locations and lunch will be provided by Planet Sub, Sachs said. The day will wrap up around 3:30 p.m. A Bonner Leader will be at each site as a captain.
“There’s going to be plenty of work for everyone,” Sachs said. "We learned from last year and we've ensured there is enough work to do until the very end."
Want to get involved? There are dozens of volunteer opportunities available with more than 15 different organizations. You’ll find everything from painting fire hydrants to getting parks ready for spring. Register at http://www.mywsga.com/the-big-event/