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UI freshmen to provide a day of service to local organizations

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa freshmen will take their first steps toward learning about the community that lies beyond the campus borders when they participate in a host of volunteer activities Saturday, Oct. 11.

The fifth annual "Into the Streets" volunteer day, sponsored by UI Orientation Services and the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities, matches students with local organizations for an afternoon of service. Organizers hope the event will prompt students to seek out other service opportunities on their own while they are in school.

"We want students to understand that they are a vital part of the university and the Iowa City community during their time at the University of Iowa," said Marilyn Kempnich, an Orientation Services staff member who coordinates the program. "The purpose of "Into the Streets" is to encourage student participation and to make a difference in the community."

Students will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Triangle Ballroom in the Iowa Memorial Union for a brief orientation and then spend the afternoon at volunteer sites. Volunteer projects include: visiting and participating in activities with senior citizens at the Iowa City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; preparing food at the Free Lunch Program and at the Salvation Army; cleaning and painting local daycare centers; washing and caring for animals at the Iowa City/Coralville Animal Shelter; and preparing a mailing for the Hospice Road Races.

In the five years the UI has offered the program more than 600 students have participated.

For further information, contact Kempnich at (319) 335-1497.