ProjectSERV AmeriCorps at Fort Hays State University is sponsoring its annual Hays Service Challenge Week, April 9-15.
FHSU junior Gabby Becker, coordinator of the Hays Service Challenge Week, said, "We're concerned with getting the campus involved in the community. We think it's important to get everyone involved to keep the community building and growing in a positive aspect."
Becker said ProjectSERV usually has three or four big projects each year other than the service week. The student participants are broken into teams for smaller service projects. This is the fourth annual Hays Service Challenge Week.
"It's been quite successful in the past," Becker said. The 1998 service week had 605 participants who logged a cumulative total of 1,713 hours. "We're trying to accomplish that plus more," Becker said.
Becker said eight campus organizations as well as several individuals have signed up for the event. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the AmeriCorps office at 628-5897 or visit the office in Sheridan Hall room 208 by March 1.
The date is set early so ProjectSERV AmeriCorps can find the right amount of projects to correspond with the number of participants. Community members are also encouraged to participate.
"We want to make sure we have everything ready to go so it runs smoothly," Becker said. The week will begin on Monday, April 9 with Community Needs Day which may include a blood drive. Tuesday will be Help Your Neighbor Day. On Wednesday, participants will provide storytelling for younger children on campus for Literacy Day.
Thursday has been designated as Random Acts of Kindness Day and Friday will be Helping the Helping Agencies Day.
Becker said the "Helping Agencies" which will be aided on Friday can be any nonprofit organization which needs help with upkeep such as painting or yardwork. Although participants are encouraged to help the entire week, the Hays Service Challenge Week is designed to work around classes.
"Students can participate as little or as much as they want. We have activities in the morning, evening, throughout the whole day. It can be done around their class schedule," Becker said. ProjectSERV AmeriCorps has not designated any specific activities for Saturday, April 15. However, several projects are still being considered.