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UIU community volunteers prepared for Fayette Appreciation Day

Upper Iowa Men’s Basketball Coach Brooks McKowen (front, left) and other team members were among the volunteers to participate in the 2016 Fayette Appreciation Day. Since being established a decade ago, over 4,500 UIU volunteers have completed more than 400 service projects during the annual event.

Upper Iowa University students, faculty and staff will be joined by other local volunteers in conducting unique service projects in five Fayette County communities during the 11th Annual Fayette Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 19.

Since being established over a decade ago, over 4,500 UIU volunteers have completed more than 400 service projects during Fayette Appreciation Day. The event has been recognized locally and nationally, receiving awards from the State of Iowa Governor’s Service Awards and President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

With the focus once again being on projects that affect the greater community, this year’s participants can choose to help with a variety of volunteer efforts at local schools, daycare centers, Fayette County Food Shelf, athletic facilities, parks, or landscaping and general community cleanup projects in Fayette, Clermont, Oelwein, Sumner, West Union and the surrounding area.

Peacocks for Progress President Christina Kirwan will be participating in her second Fayette Appreciation Day. The UIU sophomore picked up litter, helped paint the President’s Home and installed bicycle racks during last year’s event.

“This is a great way for the UIU students, faculty and staff to join the entire community in coming together and making a difference in the lives of others,” said Kirwan, a psychology/human services major from New Windsor, Illinois. “The entire experience is such a positive reflection upon the University and the area residents.”

The 2017 Fayette Appreciation Day activities begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19. The 11th annual event will conclude with a volunteer celebration and a lunch at noon in the tailgate area adjacent to Harms-Eischeid Stadium. In the case of inclement weather, Fayette Appreciation Day will be held Wednesday, April 26, or as determined by the individual project leader.

For additional information about the 2017 Fayette Appreciation Day projects and to register to volunteer, contact Kirwan at kirwanc05@peacocks.uiu.edu or UIU Assistant Dean of Student Life Daryl Grove at 563.425.5209.

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