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Archive for Sunday, August 26, 2001

Students lend hand

August 26, 2001

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Cassi Licata played tour guide for a small entourage of girls at the Kansas University Natural History Museum.

Licata was one of 132 KU students who volunteered Saturday at 11 sites across Lawrence. The freshman served as a mentor at the museum for several girls on the waiting list for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

"They seem to be interested," Licata said. "This is a good way to get involved."

Across town, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, 1501 Inverness Drive, KU students were spending time with an older crowd. Seventeen students chatted with residents in their rooms, then pulled weeds outside the building.

Donna Bell, executive director at Brandon Woods, said the visit made a difference for the center's residents.

"Having someone show interest is a real nice surprise in their day," she said. "Their eyes light up."



KU students interested in volunteering can contact the Center for Community Outreach at 864-4073.The Roger Hill Volunteer Center keeps an updated list of volunteer opportunities in Lawrence. Call 865-5030.

Students also volunteered for Jubilee Cafe, Habitat for Humanity, Pelathe Community Resource Center, Social Service League, and other agencies.

Maggie Beedles, financial director for the Center for Community Outreach, which organized Saturday's community service projects, said the 132 students involved were up from 106 last year.

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