More than 120 Kansas University students are expected to lend a hand with several local community service projects as part of a national volunteer effort this weekend.
KU is one of more than 100 schools involved in the "Into the Streets" college service campaign, which is designed to encourage student volunteerism and to raise awareness of community needs, a project organizer said.
Jill Fritzemeyer, co-director for the KU Center for Community Outreach, which is organizing local "Into the Streets" activities, said students will help out in 10 local community service projects.
"We've been planning the activities here for about a month," she said. "Hopefully, we can get a lot of students actively involved in community activities and give them a chance to volunteer."
Projects include helping with a Halloween carnival at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence at 5:30 p.m. today; canvassing Saturday in the Oread Neighborhood Assn. for non-perishable goods for Women's Transitional Care Services; and an environmental cleanup on Sunday at various locations.
Fritzemeyer said anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the weekend's activities may sign up at KU Center for Community Outreach booths from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Kansas Union.
For more information, students may call the community outreach center in the KU Student Senate office at 864-3710.