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Student volunteer crews save local agencies $8000 in a single day of service

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More than 185 UNI students volunteered Monday, January 16, as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service.  Student participation has doubled each year since 2010.  Volunteer crews helped at Country View Nursing Home, Grout Museum, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Hospitality House, Catholic worker House, Stork’s Nest, Angel House and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE).

Accomplishments included:

  • Made 44 blankets and burp covers for the Stork’s Nest, an incentive based parent education program for income-eligible families
  • Assembled more than 3000 dog tags for Iowa Veterans' Museum
  • Moved items into new site for Hospitality House
  • Cleaned Catholic Worker House
  • Weatherized the Angel House, a substance abuse recovery home for women
  • Made solar car kits and wind turbine kits for NE Iowa School programs sponsored by CEEE
  • Facilitated activities at Country view Nursing Home

The national estimate of savings for agencies when volunteers provided needed services is $21/hour.  Using that standard, the UNI students’ involvement saved local agencies more than $8000 in a single day.

The MLK Day of Service activities were organized by the Student Leadership Center.