Join this CSU tradition and volunteer with fellow Rams for a day of service in your local community!
Each spring, nearly two thousand volunteers from the CSU community gather for a day of service in and around Fort Collins. Volunteers could clean up yards/playgrounds/natural areas, mulch, plant flowers, paint sheds, sort food, visit with older adults, and much more. Service sites tend to be coordinated by local neighbors and community agencies (as in non-profits organizations, as well as the City of Fort Collins, and other county, state, and federal agencies). A variety of community engagement opportunities are available on this one-day service plunge.
Examples of service projects include:
- General yard work, landscaping, and painting
- Building, grounds, and equipment repair and maintenance
- Environmental work including trail building, road and waterway cleanup
- Direct work with clients and work to support the identified mission of agencies and organizations
- Event support and management
CSUnity 2020: Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.*
*NEW Make-Up Day: Saturday April 25, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Should there be severe, inclement weather on April 18, this is the pre-scheduled make-up date.
HOW DOES THIS NEW MAKE-UP DAY WORK?
To try to better accommodate community needs should there be severe, inclement weather, this year a NEW pre-scheduled make-up date will be utilized, if needed. Yet, this date will only be utilized if a community agency or neighbor project is canceled (due to weather only) on April 18.
CSU Volunteers need to plan to attend both dates to be able to participate in CSUnity this year. Yet, only one of the two Saturdays will volunteers actually work on a service project. The Saturday is determined by the community agency or neighbor who is hosting the service project, not the volunteer team. Volunteers will learn if their assigned CSUnity project is rescheduled to the following weekend no earlier than Friday April 17 by noon, by learning of this information from the community agency or neighbor hosting their service project.
Agencies and neighbors, can opt to use the make-up date, should they have to cancel their projects due to severe, inclement weather on CSUnity (April 18). However, community agencies and neighbors cannot cancel their service project nor plan to reschedule their project until Friday April 17 at noon. This time has been chosen as it allows for the most accurate determination of weather for the following day, and allows each community agency and neighbor to determine if the weather will impact their project’s location, or not. If a community agency or neighbor cancels before Friday April 17 at noon, they cannot utilize the predetermined make-up date. Instead, their project will be considered canceled for CSUnity 2020, and SLiCE will try to match those volunteers with an entirely different project. The predetermined make-up date can only be utilized because of bad weather. Finally, community agencies and neighbors cannot reschedule to any other day except Saturday April 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. If the make-up date also faces severe inclement weather, then no other make-up day is asked of volunteers by SLiCE, and should not be asked for by community agencies or neighbors. At that point, CSUnity will be considered canceled indefinitely for spring 2020, and agencies and neighbors are asked to look elsewhere for volunteers, as that time of year will occur during students’ finals schedule time.
Thank you for working with us this year, as we try to something new for ideally the betterment of all to anticipate the bad weather seen in the past, and try to complete as many service projects as possible.
The Benefits of CSUnity
- “My husband has a slowly progressing disease. The students helped with the garden and helped relieve my husband’s sadness. This was our second time in 10 years that we have participated with SLiCE, it is fun to be around young people and hear about their friends, family, pets, dreams and goals. Thank you!” – Local Neighbor
- “The group that came to my home was awesome! They were diligent, caring, and extremely helpful. Please tell them I really appreciate the work they provided; stellar group!” – Community Agency
- “The group was very helpful, and we got a lot of trash cleaned up in our wetlands. The habitat is appreciative.” -Community Agency
- “It is important to be patient and kind to other generations of people that live in the same community. As college students, we are somewhat aware of the rest of the Fort Collins community that are our neighbors. -CSU Student
- “Volunteering is a great way to know your community and strengthen the bond you have already within a group.” – CSU Student
Will SLiCE cancel CSUnity if there is inclement weather?
No. It is up to the community agencies or neighbors to determine if the severity of the inclement weather on CSUnity is not suitable for their project to occur. Each service project’s host knows their project’s location best – some homes have south-facing lawns where conditions can be dry, while others have north-facing lawns perhaps covered with inches of snow. Some non-profits host projects up the Poudre Canyon, while others could host events inside in Old Town. Thus, we allow community agencies and neighbors to make the determination to cancel or reschedule their project, themselves – SLiCE does not determine the fate 300+ projects in the event of inclement weather (99.9% of the time).
However, in the rarest of cases, SLiCE may have to cancel CSUnity, if the Lory Student Center closes due to the University’s Public Safety Team’s determination to close all campus operations and events because of severe weather. Though most CSUnity service projects are not on campus, if extreme weather necessitates a decision to close campus, travel to, from, and around campus is considered hazardous as snow accumulates and crews work to clear it. Hence, CSUnity would only be canceled by SLiCE because of the condition of roads near campus, which most volunteers would take to travel to the service sites. If this occurs, CSUnity will be rescheduled to the predetermined make-up date the following weekend.
How can projects continue if there is inclement weather on CSUnity?
First, not all projects are outdoors, though all neighbor projects are located outside. Second, some projects can be moved indoors (if at a community agency), while others can still continue outside depending on the severity of weather and the nature of the project. If outside, community agencies and volunteers should consider if weather has made the ground and outdoor conditions suitable for volunteers to visit and work on, or not. They should also consider the safety of themselves and volunteers if they choose to carry onward with their project, particularly if snow has accumulated and projects are fully outside.
If I have remaining questions about the CSUnity Inclement Weather/Make-Up Day Procedure, who should I contact?
Please direct any questions to SLiCE’s Senior Program Coordinator, Sarah Stephens. Or call, SLiCE Reception at 970-491-1682.