Community Service Board encourages students to give back – The Sunflower
Michaela Lecki, junior and vice president of marketing for the Community Services Board, said she’s been volunteering since a young age and finds it a relaxing break from academics and working. to be a student.
“You can bring your friends, it can be fun,” Lecki said. “You always do something to give back to the community. All in all, it’s a good feeling to do something that doesn’t benefit yourself.
The Community Services Board is the largest resource organization on campus. They find volunteer opportunities in areas of Wichita for on-campus students. Students may need volunteer hours for their resume, a class they are attending, or to find something to do in their free time.
Member meetings, held every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. and open to all, include games, such as a poverty and homelessness simulation, and snacks. They also educate members about different community issues and how to help.
“I feel like we’re a really welcoming group, we allow anyone to come in, you don’t have to be a member… I feel like there’s lots of events that can connect to different people,” Katie Dunlop, president, said.
The organization includes the Board of Directors, consisting of a Vice President of Memberships, a Vice President of Marketing, and the President. They also have five different chairs, including a chair in sustainability, food and hunger, health, youth and education and a chair in poverty and homelessness. Each chair is responsible for proposing a service project.
“Whatever an organization needs, we try to provide them as best we can,” Lecki said. “We can’t really go out, and if they need all these donations, we don’t just go to the store and buy them, we try to find a way to get them at a low cost.”
Previous service projects have included tie blankets for the Salvation Army, making dog toys out of t-shirts for the Kansas Humane Society, and care packages for area churches.
“It can help [students] get involved in the Wichita community, get out there and see the need in the community. It’s very informative and you learn a lot of things that you weren’t really aware of,” Dunlop said.
They also have guest speakers from nonprofit organizations in Wichita and ask them if their agency needs anything like donations or volunteers.
Lecki’s favorite event is Wu’s Big Event, an annual event that involves 200 to 300 volunteers, including faculty, students and community members who volunteer for a nonprofit organization for three hours. Each President is responsible for creating a serial event, and as a former Poverty and Homelessness President, she likes to volunteer at Lord’s Diner every second Wednesday to serve food.
“I’m someone who likes to see the impact right in front of me, and it’s just a good feeling that people who need a meal in the community can come out there and you see you provide them with something. thing they need,” Leki said.
Lecki said the qualities people should have to volunteer are compassion and patience.
“You just need to have a good heart and be motivated,” Lecki said. “We want someone who is willing to go out and volunteer in whatever field they feel comfortable with.
“It’s important for the community to see that there are students, especially in our generation, who are willing to do something that’s not for themselves…It’s just showing [people that] they are not alone in the community.
Other events in the series include Give Back at the GIV Warehouse, Mentoring Mondays, Wichita Clean Streams and Wednesdays at the Diner. For more information on Spring 2022 Service Eventscheck their schedule on the website.
Lecki said that next year they hope to have the big Wu event which was canceled this year due to COVID-19, the mini Wu events they held for the first time this year and find more non-profit organizations to partner with for more community service events.