Events and Drives - Upcoming Events
The Volunteer Network coordinates and supports a variety of service-related events and drives throughout the academic year. These programs are open to the entire NDSU community and include Fill the Dome, The Giving Tree Program, MLK Day Service Plunge, the Non-Profit Opportunity Fair, Dress for Success, and The BIG Event. Information about specific programs are below, but additional information can be found on the Volunteer Network website closer to each event or on the Volunteer Network Facebook page.
While the VN is committed to these programs, we are always open to suggestions as well as collaborating with groups throughout the community and on campus to assist in service-related events and drives. If you are planning an event or drive and you think the VN could assist you, please contact:
NDSU Volunteer Network
PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 68108-6050
Fill the Dome: Fill the Dome is held in late November around Thanksgiving and is a high school student-led initiative created to increase the impact youth have on giving back to the community. The over-arching goal is to “Fill the Dome” by covering the floor of the FargoDome with nonperishable food items in a single layer. In recent years, the student leaders wanted to focus on how many people they could feed rather than how many items of food they could collect. Elementary, middle, and high schools along with area colleges all compete in this event with winners announced during the closing ceremony. All food and donations collected are distributed to area food banks.
Giving Tree: The Giving Tree program is held in early November and runs until late December. NDSU students, faculty, and staff who celebrate the season of giving and are in need of assistance providing gifts for their children can sign-up with The Giving Tree Program. Ornaments containing information about the children’s gift wishes are hung on a tree in the Student Activities Office. Individuals are invited to remove an ornament from the tree, purchase a gift for the child, and return the gift to the SA for distribution back to parents.
MLK Day Service Plunge: Held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, The MLK Day Service Plunge is an annual Volunteer Network event where students turn a day off of school into a “day ON” of service. This event is an opportunity for all NDSU students to go out into the community and help area nonprofits with various needs.
Non-Profit Opportunity Fair: Held in mid to late January, the purpose of the Nonprofit Opportunity Fair is to link area nonprofits with potential student volunteers, interns, faculty interested in service-learning opportunities, and much more. During the fair, the NDSU community has a chance to meet with representatives from area nonprofits who provide information about their organization and the volunteer needs they have. The event is a partnership with the Memorial Union and The NDSU Career Center. Other past supporters have included Dakota Medical Foundation, Directors of Volunteer Services, Impact Foundation, The United Way of Cass Clay, and Firstlink.
Dress for Success: “Dress for Success” is an area nonprofit with the goal to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.” During Women’s Week (typically late February or early March), donations of new and gently used career attire, unopened hair/cosmetic products, closed-toe, interview appropriate shoes, unopened hosiery, new undergarments, purses, and business-appropriate jewelry are collected to be donated to Dress for Success.
The BIG Event: The BIG Event is typically held in mid-April during Spring Blast Week and is an opportunity for NDSU to give back to the community and say thanks. The slogan for the event is, “One BIG day, one BIG thanks”. The event is based off the model Texas A&M started over twenty years ago and many other colleges and universities have followed. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve at many non-profits and individual homes around Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo throughout the day. In recent years, between 600-800 individuals from NDSU have volunteered during this day. Past sponsors have included the NDSU Alumni Association, Student Government, and the Volunteer Network.
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Looking for Service Opportunities? Fill out the volunteer intake form and a Volunteer Network staff member will get back to you ASAP.
NDSU Volunteer Network
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050