Special Events is a program that encompasses numerous and varying service opportunities. The Special Events program coordinates on-campus blood drives with the American Red Cross, raises funds for local benefit walks to support COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) as well as other organizations. The Special Events program also holds an annual Serve-A-Thon seasonally, as well as hosting new student apple picking in the fall. Volunteers can help in a wide variety of ways. Below are descriptions of each of the program’s events.
New Student Apple Picking
At the beginning of the fall semester, Special Events puts on one of its most popular events, new student apple picking. On one Saturday at the beginning of the semester, new student volunteers sign up to pick apples at a local orchard, and then donate the apples to the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf. Students depart from Saint Michael's by provided transportation. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow first-year students as well as provide fresh produce to those who rarely get fresh Vermont apples.
This walk takes place in the fall semester. The CROP walk is an annual walk sponsored by the Church World Service to raise money and awareness about hunger in the United States and in the local community. Saint Michael's students can volunteer their time by walking through downtown Burlington or by helping to raise money for this organization. Transportation is provided and students are able to sign up on the MOVE board a few weeks ahead.
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Three blood drives are put on throughout the academic year - one in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. These last for the entire day. Students can volunteer in a variety of ways. Blood donors are always needed and appreciated by the American Red Cross. If students to not wish or are unable to donate blood they can volunteer to be a donor aid, help work the registration table, or work at the canteen station. Sign-ups are posted on the MOVE board the week before the blood drives.
Vermont Family Walk/Roll-a-thon
This annual fundraising event takes place usually in the middle of the spring semester. Students can help the Vermont Family Network by participating in bi-weekly meetings to plan the actual event. If students are looking for a shorter volunteer opportunity, they are encouraged to raise money and create walking teams for the actual event. Students can also volunteer their time by running one of the children’s arts and activity tables, food tables or the registration table. This is a great event that helps local families and is a lot of fun! It takes place right on campus at the Ross Sports Center.
This is an annual spring semester event. It is a chance for the Saint Michael's College community to come together and dedicate a day to service. This event usually lasts about four hours. During this time, students are split up into different events and go out into the community and volunteer in a variety of ways. Transportation and lunch are provided for. Sign-ups are located on the MOVE board prior to the actual event.
This event takes place towards the end of the spring semester. It is a final chance for students to volunteer their time before the school year is over. Students are asked to either raise money for the COTS organization or to just come to the event and show their support for by walking in this annual walk. Transportation is provided and students are able to sign up on the MOVE board.
For more information about the Saint Michael's College volunteer program dealing with Special Events, contact Erin Buckley '17.