DkIT Launches New Volunteering Initiative

Dundalk Institute of Technology has set up a new volunteer initiative called DkIT Cares, encouraging students and staff of the college to sign up for various volunteering opportunities around the Dundalk community.The initiative, which has just been launched this year, is unique in the national third-level community. The idea was modelled on a similar organization in Boston called Boston Cares. The initiative is perfect for people who want to give something back to the community, but can't commit to regular or extensive volunteering because of hectic college, work (and social!) schedules, and of course, the college semester system when students go on their separate ways for the summer.

During the past few weeks members of DkIT Cares have taken part in the various volunteering opportunities provided, such as renovations at The Birches Alzheimer's Centre and gardening at the Organic Gardens. DkIT President Dennis Cummins spoke about the new initiative; 'The DkIT Cares initiative brings students and staff together to work for the benefit of charities and good causes and allows them to use their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of these organisations. It is a great counterbalance to academic endeavour and I know many of the students who get involved with DkIT Cares while in college will continue to contribute generously with their time when they graduate.'

How does DkIT Cares work? A monthly calendar is posted on the website offering a range of one-off, short (a few hours) activities such as gardening, handywork, bag-packing, acting as stewards – no training required – just a chance to get together with a small group from DkIT to help out wherever needed for local charities. Students and staff just have a look online when they have some time, see what opportunities are coming up, and e-mail dkitcares@dkit.ie to sign up for that event. Students can have some friends join DkIT Cares with them, or make some new ones on the day. The organisers confirm participation, and provide full details. Volunteers show up, do their thing, and that's it!

DkIT Cares is on the lookout for charities that need our help. If any charity is interested please contact us.

For more information log onto http://dkitcares.dkit.ie or email dkitcares@dkit.ie .

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