If you’re passionate about volunteering, you will love Transylvania!
Nearly everyone has participated in some form of community service. Honestly, there is something for everyone! It would be almost impossible for me to list all of the volunteer opportunities on campus, so how about I just stick to the ones I have participated in:
Students Against Hunger and Homelessness: This organization is dedicated to helping those who suffer from hunger and/or homelessness. We meet every Monday to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Hope Mobile Clinic, which delivers them to various locations around Lexington so that those in need will have access to food.
College For Living: Volunteers from Transylvania and the Lexington area participate in classes for developmentally delayed adults. These classes can include arts and crafts, dance, athletics, and foreign language. I personally worked in the dance class and the participants really enjoyed themselves! We did things like the Macarena, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Cha-Cha Slide. They even taught me how to do the Electric Slide!
Dance of the Decades: The sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi recently hosted their annual “Dance of the Decades” and it was a lot of fun! This year, the decade chosen as the theme was “The Golden Age.” So, everyone dressed up in their finest bed sheet (toga style) and donated money to the Markey Cancer Center and the Adrienne Dantin Memorial Fund to be admitted into the dance!
Blood Drives: Transylvania hosts several blood drives throughout the year, including one right around Halloween (ba-da-dum). Even if you cannot donate blood or simply can’t be around needles, you can still help by posting flyers!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Transylvania students use this day to make a difference by participating in dozens of service opportunities such as making Valentine’s for the adult day care, writing letters to soldiers, and more.
Delta Dash: The sister of Tri Delta host a race every year where anyone can donate $15 to run or walk. Basically, you get to exercise for a good cause! The proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research.
Habitat for Humanity: Some classes have service-learning opportunities and last year I got to participate in one of them! For my Foundations of Liberal Arts II class (which is now known as First Year Seminar), I got to help build someone a home! You don’t have to have a background in construction to be able to do this, I certainly didn’t. That is why I had tasks such as installing insulation and painting.
Campus SING: Campus SING is hosted by Chi Omega and is basically a campus-wide dance-off where each Greek chapter and a male and female group of Independent people donate canned goods for God’s Pantry in order to compete. It is a lot of fun and for a good cause!
AVOL: AVOL stands for Aids Volunteers of Lexington. It is a great organization that helps educate the community about HIV and AIDS (what it is, how it is transmitted, how to prevent transmission, what to do if you are positive, etc). It also helps those who are HIV-positive and offers free testing. I am volunteering with this organization this semester as another service-learning project and it has been really informative, not to mention all of the great people I have met!
Cupcake Wars: I know I have already talked about this, but it was such a great event that I have to mention it again! The sisters of Phi Mu hosted a cupcake competition where you could enter your own cupcakes or donate money to taste test them all. The donations went to raise funds for our local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. My team’s homemade butterscotch cupcakes didn’t win, but we had a lot of fun doing it!