Special Events 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), and holds a fall and spring Serve-A-Thon. Special Events might be best known for hosting SMC’s 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 coordinates a day of apple picking for new students to campus. On the first Saturday after classes start, new students sign up to pick apples at a local orchard and then donate the apples to local food shelves including the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow first-year students as well as provide fresh produce to community members in need.
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Special Events organizes three blood drives each year, one in the fall and two in the spring semester. The drives are all day events that offer multiple volunteer opportunities. Blood donors are always needed and appreciated by the American Red Cross. If students to not wish or are not able to donate, volunteers are also needed as donor aids, to help work the registration table, or work at the canteen station.
This annual fall and spring semester event offers Saint Michael's College students the opportunity to come together and dedicate a day to service. Students are split into groups for different service projects at local non-profits. Transportation and lunch are provided for.
Every May the St. Michael’s College community volunteers for the COTS walk as part of raising funds for our partner organization, COTS. 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.
Student Leader Contact: Edward Rankin