CSUnity

Colorado State University's nationwide alumni day of service

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Make a difference in your community

Colorado State University alumni and friends across the country will come together to participate in one day of service to their community on Saturday, April 22. Meanwhile, current CSU students will be doing the same thing in Fort Collins. Scroll down to find a project near you!

How to Get Involved

If you're interested in leading a project or getting involved with one of our Ram Networks, read our FAQ (below) and fill out a project form (click here).

Share your work!

Check out our handy photo tips (download here) and if you're on Twitter or Instagram, share your project using #CSUnity.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The CSU Alumni Association has proudly partnered with CSU’s Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE) Office for ten years to participate in CSUnity. In 2017, students and alumni can continue the tradition by sharing CSUnity experiences on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) using the hashtag #CSUnity2017.

When is CSUnity 2017?

Saturday, April 22, 2017. This date is the same for both alumni and students.

When does our Ram Network/Affinity Group need to have our project confirmed?

Friday, March 10, 2017 is the deadline for project submittals. This allows the Alumni Association time to create registration pages as well as communications to market this service opportunity by sending 2 emails to each specific area hosting a project. If project submissions are received after 3/10, only 1 email to area alums can be guaranteed.

How long should our community service project last?

It depends! We recommend that you work with a local organization to set up the project and discuss with them the appropriate time frame for a group of volunteers to serve. On average, projects last 2-4 hours.

What are some past examples of past CSUnity projects lead by alumni groups?

- Areas near coastal regions have participated in beach cleanups as a appropriate and fun way to impact their community
- Urban areas have done human service work through serving meals to the homeless, supporting their community food bank, and other similar items
- Local animal shelters, sanctuaries, and humane societies serve as a great project idea for animal lovers
- For groups living in semi-predictable spring climates, groups have done outside work at urban farms, trail restoration, yard work at community centers, etc.

What are the most successful types of projects?

When you are doing good work in the community, it is hard not to be successful! However, we have found that projects with a defined role and where alumni have the chance to work with each other typically yield the best experience. For example, if you volunteer as a group for a local race, chances are you will be split up into smaller groups and therefore not have as much chance to interact with other alumni. Participating in a project at a food bank or cleaning up a school or park typically has more chance for interaction with more alumni.

How do I find a project or organization with which to partner?

As a community member, you are best equipped to know the needs of your local area. Think about organizations that you have heard of doing good work or groups that friends have volunteered with, and contact them to see if you can bring in a group of people to volunteer.

How many people should I plan on participating in my CSUnity project?

Again, it depends on the project and the area! Be sure to ask if the organization has a minimum or maximum for the number of people who volunteer, and then indicate that on the CSUnity Project Form. Your project registration will track this information.

What is the process for signing people up for CSUnity?

The CSU Alumni Association will manage communication for the Alumni Day of Service, as well as collect registrations for each project. You are highly encouraged to invite your family and friends to participate in the project with you, as well as other local alumni volunteers.

Find a Project

Additional projects may be added as details become available.
If you'd like to organize a project, let us know!

DENVER

Greenway Foundation Spring RiverSweep
As part of the annual Spring RiverSweep, volunteers of all ages will help Denver Parks and Recreation by picking up trash, removing weeds and other plant debris, repairing trails, painting park fixtures, and getting our parks ready for summer!

Fishback Park
818 Water Street
Denver, CO

Project time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration closed - event at capacity! 

 

The Urban Farm - TUF
Volunteers will be playing the part of farmhand! This may include weeding, mowing, gardening, mucking out animal pens, demo/construction of animal pens, and demo/construction of small structures and fencing. Spring is a great time at the farm as we will be helping to get everything ready for summer activities!

TUF
10200 Smith Rd.
Denver, CO

Project time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

REGISTER HERE! 

 

 

FORT COLLINS

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
Work groups will help with fire mitigation, enclosure repairs, and property beautification. This includes fixing fences, helping clear flammable vegetation, and helping clean up the property. Volunteers will be required to carpool to the sanctuary, meeting at the Alumni Center at 1301 S. College Avenue.

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
1639 Spring Valley Rd.
Bellvue, CO

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*Due to the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary's annual fundraising gala, the CSUnity project will be held on a special date!  

REGISTER HERE! 

GREELEY

Weld Food Bank
One in every eight people is food insecure in Weld County and for kids it’s even worse, with one in every five going to bed or school without a meal.  The success of the Weld Food Bank depends on the generosity of our community and there are several ways for you  to become involved! Please join us in bagging produce, packing emergency food boxes and sorting food. With your support we can continue turning the tables on hunger!

Weld Food Bank
1108 H Street
Greeley, CO

Volunteer Time: 9 - 11 a.m. 

REGISTER HERE! 

NEW YORK CITY 

Riverbank State Park - ConSERVE NYC
Volunteers will help paint and assemble new park benches, gather historic data as citizen researchers, and create seed balls to help spread native wildflowers across New York City. Visit the photo booth, enjoy music and other activities throughout the day. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) will provide free breakfast and t-shirts for volunteers. 

Riverbank State Park
W 145th. St. Riverside Dr. 
New York City

Project time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE!

When registering on the SCA's Eventbrite page, please add "Colorado State University" when asked what group you are attending with. Participants are encouraged to meet on site at Riverbank State Park, and once there, to call or text NYC Ram Network lead volunteer Ashley Frost (719-740-0025) to meet up.

To be recognized as a CSU Alumni Association volunteer, please let us know here you will be volunteering with ConSERVE NYC! 

SAN JOSE

The Tech Museum of Innovation
Volunteers will engage and interact with museum guests and interpret exhibits and programs on the museum floor, while helping engage young people in science, technology, engineering and math activities! Volunteers will meet at the ball machine exhibit on Park Avenue.

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA

Project time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE!

ST. PETERSBURG

Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Volunteers will be joining the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and Keep Pinellas Beautiful for a workday cleaning up the USCG C Blackthorn Memorial. This workday will be held on April 15, 2017. Volunteers will meet at the Blackthorn Memorial area (rest area north of the Skyway) to clean up trash and debris. Keep Pinellas Beautiful and TBEP will provide gloves, garbage bags and additional supplies. This event is suitable for volunteers of all ages.

USCG C Blackthorn Memorial
North Pier Rest Stop
Saint Petersburg, FL

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Project time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

REGISTER HERE!

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Anacostia Watershed Society - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants, picking up trash, planting native plants, and performing other park projects. Volunteers will work either in the greenhouse potting and planting, sharpening tools, or outside clearing invasive plants. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave.
Washington, D.C.

Project time: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

REGISTER HERE!