U niversity of Colorado senior Lindsay Jones will be leading by example Saturday as she joins nearly 70 student volunteers for the second annual Give-A-Day in Boulder.
The event features 19 free activities available to CU students this weekend, as part of the Counseling and Psychological Services 96-hour sobriety challenge — Live Free Weekend.
CU’s Volunteer Resource Center will connect student volunteers with local organizations — like the Carriage House, Boulder County Open Space, A Precious Child and Earth’s Table — for a day of community service.
Jones may be participating in the event for the first time this year, but she’s a veteran when it comes to donating her time.
“I would say I volunteer an average of about two to four hours a week,” Jones said. “I did a lot of those kinds of things in high school, so when I came to CU it was really important that I find a local outlet to do that.”
Jones volunteers regularly at Wardenburg’s rehabilitation center as well as Together With the Children, which helps abused children readapt to their community. Saturday Jones will be working with Earth’s Table, a community garden that supplies food to Sister Carmen Center in Lafayette.
Jen Ross, director of CU’s Volunteer Resource Center, said getting students involved in community service early in the academic year helps them remain connected to projects.
“We believe that this is an important option for students seeking out something other than the party scene at CU-Boulder,” Ross said of the Live Free Weekend. “Give-A-Day may, in fact, encourage students to get involved in service starting early on and stay with it, and develop a healthy outlet.”
For a list of events related to Live Free Weekend visit colorado.edu/livefreeweekend.
When: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
Where: UMC south terrace