April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week and the student vets at Heartland Community College are ending it with a bang. The students will be marching canned and boxed goods 6.2 miles to the Midwest Food Bank to help feed the needy on Saturday. This is part of their campaign to help combat hunger in the community.
“In some ways, when students give back to the community people don’t see,” said Ian Wilson, Director of Student Engagement. “This is one where if you are on the constitution trail on Saturday you are going to see Heartland students with their ruck sacks, marching and giving back.”
The volunteering, however, is not an anomaly. According to a recent study done by State Farm, Millennials were considered the generation most likely to participate in volunteerism. The study included the four most recent generations (Millennials(18-34), Generation X(35-50) Baby boomers(51-70) Mature generation (71+). It also stated that the number one motivator for the millennial volunteerism rates were due to making an impact in the community closest to you.
“This is an event put on by our Student Veterans Association,” said Wilson. “Our group of men and women really want to give back to the community themselves. So one of the individuals in the group brought the idea to us and we linked up with the Midwest Food Bank to collect canned goods.”
The event will take place this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Midwest Food Bank Warehouse. Donations are encouraged and will be accepted up until the time of the event. The Student Veterans Association will also be selling T-shirts for $20.
State Farm is encouraging you to get involved in your community. To find volunteer opportunities near you, visit the Neighborhood of Good website.