Events and Drives
The Volunteer Network coordinates and supports a variety of service-related events and drives throughout the academic year. 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 us.
Below is a list of events the Volunteer Network supports throughout the year. For more information about specific events, please contact:
NDSU Volunteer Network
PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 68108-6050
Service Events and Drives
Serve with the Herd
When: Multiple events throughout the year
What: Students sign-up for “mini” service projects set-up by the Volunteer Network. Volunteers have their choice of between 2-4 agencies to serve with. This is an easy way to participate in service through a pre-arranged project.
Fill the Dome
When. Held late November around Thanksgiving
What. Fill the Dome 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. 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. The Volunteer Network helps organize a food drive on campus for Fill the Dome.
Giving Tree Program
When: Runs early November to late December.
What: 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 SAO for distribution back to parents.
MLK Service Plunge
When: Held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
What: Students turn their day off from school into a day on for service by participating in the MLK Service Plunge on MLK Jr. Day! Throughout the day, student volunteers are sent out to local nonprofits to assist with various tasks. The event typically consists of two shifts: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The 2015 MLK Service Plunge sent over 400 students into the local community, which resulted in over 1200 hours of service. The 2016 MLK Service Plunge will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016. Sign-ups will begin in early December 2015.
Nonprofit Opportunity Fair
When: Held mid to late January
What: Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to network with over 50 area nonprofits and learn about service opportunities available in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Build your professional network, find a place to volunteer to build your resume, get connected in the community, and gain perspectives of bigger social issues in the world. The 2016 Nonprofit Opportunity Fair will be held in January 2016.
The Big Event
When: Held during Spring Blast week (usually late April)
What: The Big Event 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”. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve at many non-profits around Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo throughout the day. In recent years, between 600-800 individuals from NDSU have volunteered during this day. The 2015 Big Event will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Students can begin signing-up in late March.
Community Engagement Pages
Submit Your Service Hours: Did you or your group complete service hours? Log your hours for the Bison Service Challenge
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