In advance of Cats in the Community, University of Arizona's annual, campus-wide volunteer program, the Honors College is coordinating a week-long schedule to engage students with community partners.
The Honors College Volunteer Week is open to all UA students Feb. 27 through March 3, the day Cats in the Community will be held.
Organized by the Honors Student Council, the week will engage an expected 40 students each day in on-campus events to benefit Project Linus, BorderLinks, Project Sunshine, Ben's Bells and the American Red Cross.
While the council is targeting students in the Honors College, all students are encouraged to volunteer. Students can register online, or show up during the events. Details about times and locations are available on the council's website.
The week of events "is a great way to get students involved in connecting to the community around them," said Natalie Lucas, an Honors College student studying environmental sciences and also philosophy, politics, economics and law.
"It is also an excellent opportunity for them to connect to fellow students as they give back to those around them," said Lucas, also president of the Honors Student Council.
Among their activities, students will make patchwork blankets for terminally ill children and host a blood drive.
Also, as part of Cats in the Community on Saturday, students will collect personal hygiene items for the humanitarian aid foundation, World Care, then participate in the UA program. This year, Cats in the Community volunteers will paint the organization's building and also recycle and run drives.
"We recognize that it is hard to get involved with service when we are all so busy, and so many people don't have cars, so we wanted to provide support for that," said Tamara Armstrong, an Honors College student studying physiology who also chairs the Honors Student Council philanthropy.
"The purpose of the event is to provide easy, convenient and fun ways for students to give back to the community and to organizations that are desperately in need."