The Friesen Center is set to host another Spring Work Day. This year’s service day is at 9 a.m. April 11 under the theme “Space Jam.” Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.
Friesen Center program coordinator Alexa Walczak’s job is to organize this semester’s work day. This involves her being in charge of contacting service sites and setting up the volunteer opportunities for students.
“This can be things such as figuring out how many students they will need, what types of jobs our students will be involved in or if the Friesen Center needs to provide any tools,” she said.
Once the volunteer opportunities are organized and sign-up sheets are taken down from dorms, Walczak is then responsible for organizing floors into groups that correspond to the needs of the community.
“I also work with the other staff at Friesen Center who do shirt designs, music selections, flyers, and sign-ups,” she said. “If a staff member whose doing those things has a question, they would come and talk to me.”
The Friesen Center had approximately 200 students participate in the Fall Work Day. Following the numbers from previous years, they are expecting a little less volunteers to participate in this Spring Work Day.
Walczak said they have about 13 different work sites.
“Some of these include the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Police Athletic League, Community Gardens, Helping Paws, Life Church, The Well and Huntington House,” she said.
Students will be painting, while others may be building flower planters. Some students will clean roads as well.
At the beginning of the year, the Friesen Center challenged the university to complete 25,000 hours of service. With the Fall Work Day contributing over 5,000 hours, Walzcak is confident that the hours achieved by this semester’s work day will go a long way toward that goal.
“I know that Spring Work Day will increase the number [of hours of service] significantly due to the amount of people who will serve on that morning,” she said.
Students who participate in this work day will get the traditional free shirt that they may choose to wear or add to a potential t-shirt quilt.