On Feb. 4, the MSU Service Saturday offered six projects and received 70 volunteers. All projects were filled to capacity.
The six projects included card making for senior citizens, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Reach Inc., Sak’s Thrift Store, Good Neighbor and the Food Bank.
Wyatt Murdoch, the student organizer for Service Saturdays, said the amount of projects per month varies. They volunteer with whoever reaches out to him with a need for volunteers, or he will look at the Bozeman Event calendar and ask organizations who are holding events if they would like any help.
Murdoch said that the amount of volunteers this year has exceeded the performance from last. He recalled the Service Saturday that coincided with the convocation this year received 150 – 200 volunteers.
Rial Johnson, a computer science major, said he volunteered that morning because it was, “a good opportunity with a set schedule. It makes it easy to set aside time every month to volunteer and it is very fulfilling.”
The faculty at Montana State University is very supportive and encourages students to volunteer. Christine Ogburn, a community health major, said that Saturday, “sounded like fun and is extra credit for class [Adult Development and Aging].”
Elizabeth Bastian, an electrical engineering major, said she volunteers because it is a, “fun thing to do on a Saturday. Every time I leave I feel like I did something good and feel better.”
Service Saturdays are held on the first Saturday of every month. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. outside the AskUs desk in the SUB. All projects are filled on a first come first served basis.