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Ivy Tech to kick off volunteer service project on Monday

January 15, 2010

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech Community College students will be distributing shoe collection boxes around town on MLK, Jr. Day as part of the City of Bloomington’s "A Day On, Not a Day Off" service initiative.  Ivy Tech students will collect, sanitize and re-string gently used shoes through February 26, 2010.

Chancellor John Whikehart says that Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement also has several other volunteer projects planned for Monday. "In addition to beginning the shoe drive, Ivy Tech will have approximately 35 students, faculty and staff in the community giving their time to various non-profit organizations," he said. "It is a real pleasure to continue Ivy Tech’s culture of giving back to the communities we serve."

Collected shoes will be donated by 12 students to children and teens during Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Calnali, Mexico on March 13-March 20, 2010. Students will also volunteer their time by mixing and pouring concrete in homes with dirt floors, and spend time in village schools.

Ivy Tech’s ASB is heavily subsidized by grants and sponsorships, so the college is able to keep cost low enough that the ASB group represents the diversity of the college; working students, returning students, and single parents.

If you would like an Ivy Tech Alternative Spring Break student to bring a collection box to a specific location on Monday, please contact Chelsea Rood-Emmick, Ivy Tech’s director of civic engagement, at (812) 330-6037. If you would like to sponsor Ivy Tech’s Alternative Spring Break trip to Mexico, please contact Rick Cunningham, director of resource development, at (812) 330-6067.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.