Baker Serves gives students volunteer opportunities

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Baker Serves, the volunteer organization on campus, hosts many events throughout the year. Shevy Booze, Baker Serves advisor, said that although the club was a part of the community last year, it wasn’t involved as much as they would have liked.

“The club was around last year,” Booze said. “But the group wasn’t as large as it should have been.”

But this year, they plan on changing that; the first event that the club will host is the Mobile Soup Kitchen scheduled for Oct. 12. Members will be packaging and distributing food around the community and will be specifically helping the homeless.

“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” Claire Sullivan, a freshman member said.

Another important Baker Serves event is the Domestic Violence Campaign, which is slated for Oct. 20-24.

Bathrooms around campus will have fliers that educate students about domestic violence. Statistics say that 1 in 5 women will be assaulted in their lifetime and that they are at greater risk on a college campus.

Baker Serves will host Wildcat Sleep Out on campus Nov.6. Participating students will raise awareness for the U.S. homeless population. Students will be sleeping outside in cardboard boxes, as a tribute to those who sleep outside every night. Unlike the homeless, these students will be allowed to use plastic bags as insulation.

“Tents are frowned upon because that’s a luxury,” Booze said.

She said that they do encourage students to use blankets to stay warm, however.

Booze wants to see students give back to the community and to those who are less fortunate. She also said there has been a rise in homeless youth and young adults.

Sullivan said she likes Booze as the advisor, because she clearly wants the program to grow and succeed. Booze is encouraging groups such as Greeks to get involved.

“The meetings are pretty laid back,” Sullivan said. “It’s also a chance to meet new people.”

Sullivan joined because she likes to help the community and hopes to make lifelong friendships.

“You can apply the skills learned to your career,” she said.

Booze wants people to know what service really is.

“Service is a lifestyle, not something you do just to get hours in,” she said. “I hope that it becomes a part of life where you just wake up in the morning and want to do something for someone other than yourself, something that’s beyond you.”

Baker Serves meets every other Tuesday in Mabee 102 at 8 p.m. Contact Booze for more information or to register for events or to see a schedule, visit the website.