Have you given back to the community yet?
When the words "community service" come up, the typical reaction most people have is a sigh followed by moaning and groaning. The phrase, "do we have to?" trails behind in a whiny tone.
Most people do not realize that community service can include fun activities, along with the self-fulfilling gratification that you, the volunteer, actually helped someone.
Many of Niagara University Community Action Program's events deal with assisting the elderly and those who are mentally and physically disabled. Some of these events include blood drives, the 3K walk for breast cancer in downtown Buffalo and clean sweeps throughout downtown Niagara Falls and Devil's Hole.
Most undergraduate students are required to complete at least three hours of community service before graduation. It is also a requirement that members of campus clubs do community service as acknowledged by Niagara University Student Government Association. To sign up for service hours, contact Fran Boltz in the Learn and Serve Office, first floor O'Shea. She can also be reached at 286-8751.
One of the events coming up on NUCAP's schedule is Christmas caroling. Participants will be meeting in lower level Gallagher Center. Another upcoming event is the Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive, which will be held in Under the Taps on Nov. 17 and 18 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.
If blood drives or caroling aren't for you and you're still in need of a community service requirement, the evening skating program is currently an option. This event is sponsored by the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH). It's held in Niagara University's own Dwyer Arena every Wednesday from 5:45p.m. to 7:30p.m. SABAH is in need of volunteers on and off the ice. No skating experience is necessary. This program will be continuing until Dec.18. Contact Bob O'Connor at 362-9600 or sabahinc.com for more information.