September 29, 2023

Lend a Hand This Week

April 13 kicked off National Volunteer Week and CSU joins the nation in saluting their efforts and encouraging others to seek out ways to serve their communities. We ask our students and alumni to join us this week in honoring them and if you are a volunteer, let us know what projects, groups or organizations you give your time and efforts to.

At CSU, many of our employees are making a difference in their community by volunteering. Business Affairs collections specialists Victoria Norris enjoys helping High Hopes for Autism, a local program that strives to help preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. The agency, run by Norris’ cousin, assists in helping children become independently integrated into a classroom setting.

For eight years, Norris has helped run its silent auction fundraiser. “We are currently on foot and phone trying to get gift baskets, gift cards and other donations at this time for our June event.”

Norris knows about autism as she has niece with the disorder and she understands the need of the group.

“The love you receive when giving something as little as your time is worth more than words can ever express!” she said.

Academic advisor Nikki Holland is another who loves giving back to the community. She volunteers as Boy Scouts leader for first-graders at an area Holland with Boy Scoutselementary.

“I think it is so important to encourage our youth to become contributing members of society at a young age,” said Holland, who is no stranger to volunteering. “I have always been an active volunteer. Much of my volunteer experience began as a young kid in church.”

From there she has volunteered throughout her college years to today. “I would strongly encourage anyone to volunteer but I suggest choosing an opportunity that suits your interests and strongest calling.”

Learn more about National Volunteer Week, which was established in 1974, and discover where you can find volunteering opportunities in your area.

Let us know about the organizations you volunteer with in the comments below.