#ServeTheLex During FUSION 2016


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) — For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods (FUSION), the University of Kentucky's annual largest day of community service, will begin 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23!


Over 1,000 students will be involved this year at Kentucky's largest single day of service. On Aug. 23, students will have the opportunity to serve the Lexington community for three hours, connect with peers, and learn about other community service opportunities both on campus and in the surrounding community. Volunteer work includes serving meals to the hungry, organizing donations at a local shelter, beautifying community gardens and many others.


"FUSION has given me a chance to spend several hours serving my community, learn about dozens of nonprofit agencies in Lexington and become a leader on campus," said FUSION Director Shannon O'Hara. "FUSION is my favorite event during K Week because I love seeing incoming students making connections with their new peers while doing amazing things for our community!"


The day will begin at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony where students will have the honor to hear from several guest speakers, including President Eli Capilouto. Free lunch, T-shirts and snow cones will be provided to all participants. Students, faculty and staff may sign up at https://uky.volunteermatch.org and register to volunteer at one of 62 different locations in Lexington.


FUSION is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit www.ukcco.org.



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