Saturday: Hunger Cleanup/Earthday
By Kelsey Hoff
To many, "spring" means "spring cleaning." To more than 160 people in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside community, it means volunteering. For 10-plus years, campus organizations have come together to plan the Hunger Cleanup, and the planning committee added Earthday volunteer work more recently. The 2012 Hunger Cleanup/Earthday is this Saturday, April 21.
Volunteers split up and work at 13 different sites in the Racine/Kenosha area like the Racine Zoo, the UW-Parkside Community Garden, Pringle Nature Center, and the Kirkorian Nature Preserve. Most of the work consists of clearing brush and dead trees, picking up trash, spreading mulch, and gardening.
Containers for the food drive are accessible on campus, and donations will go to the Shalom Center and the Racine County Food Bank.
The day of volunteer work is open to anyone who wants to help. It starts with check-in and breakfast at Main Place at 7:30 a.m., where volunteers will receive t-shirts and their worksite assignments. Volunteers will reach their sites by 9 a.m. and work until noon. At 12:30, lunch will be provided back at Main Place, along with a raffle drawing and a guest speaker.UW-Parkside student organizations, academic departments, offices, and local businesses sponsor this event. Hunger Cleanup/Earthday requires food, t-shirts, raffle prizes, publicity, and work supplies to be a success, and the UW-Parkside community has made it happen yet again!