INTO THE STREETS (Fall term) & MLK DAY (Winter Term)
Into the Streets is a program designed to be an introduction to first-year students about the needs of our community. New Lawrentians are asked to consider how they may be able to assist with those needs while they are at Lawrence, and also as opportunities for stewardship after their time at Lawrence. Students can tour an agency and learn about the mission of the organization, future goals, trends/issues the agency encounters, clients/programs provided, and how a Lawrence student could be of assistance. Based on a brief overview of the VCSC, a discussion about the community partners, and the initial Into The Streets volunteer opportunity, students are encouraged to participate in a service project together. The opportunities offered are not a comprehensive list, but rather a small selection of sample volunteer opportunities intended to introduce or further student involvement.
Why we do the program: The Volunteer and Community Services Center (VCSC) feels the program is a great introduction to the community for students who are often from outside the Fox Valley. Additionally, because community organizations provide some overview for the need for their services, we would hope students become exposed to new ideas that may have an influential impact on their future perspectives on community, social justice, and humanitarian issues. Participating in a group service project allows students a comfortable approach to learn and become involved in the community and may motivate future interests in career and volunteer options while it expands social connections.