LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2010) – The eighth annual UK FUSION (UK For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods) is just around the corner, but it is not too late for students to get involved!
Online registration for student volunteers is open until Saturday, Aug. 21, and will close shortly after Campus Ruckus ends that evening. Student volunteers wishing to participate in FUSION, but who did not register online can show up on Haggin Field the day of FUSION. While placement can't be guaranteed, the FUSION team will work extremely hard to accommodate all volunteers.
Mary Kate Fields, 2010 FUSION executive director, encourages students to participate. "FUSION is a one-day service event allowing UK students, both incoming and current, to work in groups to meet needs of local nonprofits and neighborhoods. This is the eighth year for FUSION, establishing it as a true UK tradition."
This year, UK FUSION aims to be bigger and better than ever before, with approximately 1,500 student, faculty and staff volunteers serving more than 100 sites across the city of Lexington. The UK family gives more than 5,000 hours of service to Lexington as part of FUSION, making it the largest single-day service project in the Commonwealth.
"UK FUSION is one way we have to make this large university feel small," UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., said. "As we give students the opportunity to help the community, the community educates these students. Many of them go back time after time to help the organization they initially volunteered with as part of FUSION. We could not be more proud of FUSION and what it has done at the University of Kentucky."
UK FUSION 2010 is Monday, Aug. 23, at Haggin Field on UK's campus. Student volunteers should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to check in and select a site. A sack lunch is provided and the day ends with a celebration.
UK FUSION is part of UK's Center for Community Outreach (CCO), a student-driven program that is intended to foster the development of leaders who make a difference in their communities. The mission of the CCO is to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service.