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Gift-wrappers raise money for sub-for-Santa

By Trisha Fletcher

December 11, 2008 | The USU Community Partnerships service group and Cache Valley CAPSA are sponsoring a gift wrapping fundraiser for sub-for-Santa.

USU students are invited to get involved and come help gift wrap. All proceeds will go to help with the sub-for-Santa fundraiser. The event lasts through the Christmas season, and those wanting to volunteer are instructed to contact Susan Preevish in order to set up an appointment. Preevish's information can be found through the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center.

The Val R. Christensen Service Center has been an active participant at USU since 1970, when the first service group called Volunteer Organization for Involvement in the Community and Environment (VOICE) was started. From then on the service center expanded into its' current state. According to the service center, the purpose of the center is to "organize students into committees and projects that would serve to improve the environment in Cache Valley as well as address some of the social issues associated with the University and community."

Community Partnerships is one of the 19 groups under the umbrella of the service center. The purpose of community partnerships is to put USU students in communication with agencies and organizations within the community, says group director Ashlee Blohm. "The main idea is to get students off campus and involved on an individual basis, not as a big group," said Blohm.

Blohm also pointed out that the "greatest" thing about Community Partnerships is the opportunity it provides to get involved in many of the other service groups' projects, and participate more. Through Community Partnerships students will work with other organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Best Buddies program, and many of the retirement homes in the Logan area. All of the involved programs reflect the service center's goal of making a positive impact on the Cache Valley community.

Blohm said that USU students have a responsibility to the Cache Valley community, as the university is so involved in their lives. "The more people you work with and help, the more accepting they will be," said Blohm.

Community Partnerships is only one organization sponsored by the university or community that places college students in positions where they can assist and be a role model.

A USU Elementary Education student, Nicole Huntsman, said that organizations such as community partnerships help the younger students she works with. "Sometimes all those kids need is someone good to look up to, and an example to follow," said Huntsman. If college students could help those younger than them realize that it is OK to be yourself, then all aspects of their lives would improve, said Huntsman.

USU students have many opportunities to serve fellow pupils, and have begun to expand their reach to children and parents in the community. Currently 14 of the 19 service groups at the Val R. Christensen Service Center focus on individuals or situations outside of the university. Some even reach across continents to places in Africa.

To search for more opportunities to serve, one may contact the Val R. Christensen Service Center, or any of the organizations in Cache Valley.

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