500 IPFW students volunteer in community-wide day of service

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500 IPFW student volunteers ignored the rain today so they could keep commitments to serve our community. This was the university’s 7th annual “The Big Event.”

They got their hands dirty and worked up a sweat to help about 25 non-profit agencies with everything from painting, landscaping, and small renovation projects to filing paperwork, data entry, and other office needs. 

Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House, the Summit Equestrian Center, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Habitat for Humanity and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo were just a few of the places where students helped out. 

“So this year is very unique,” said IPFW assistant vice chancellor of student life and leadership Kasey Price. “Knowing that there was 100% rain in the radar and that it’s currently raining, we wanted to make sure that we could still have a day of service for our students. It was very important to us that we didn’t cancel this day because we know that these volunteer hours are very important to our community. agencies rely on the service that we provide.”

With some of the planned service projects getting canceled due to rain, some volunteers pivoted by staying on campus and packing meals for food pantries.

As a little thank you gift for helping out today, all the student’s received tickets to an upcoming Addison Agen concert.

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