Help make a difference in the community through UMKC’s Roos Give Back event

UMKC is more than just a university in Kansas City, Missouri. UMKC is a community, and its students, faculty and staff take the time out of their lives every year to care for their community.

Every year, the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), UMKC Alumni Association, Student Government Association (SGA) and UMKC Student Environmental Coalition are excited to partner with the Kansas City community to host their annual event, UMKC Roos Give Back.

Some of the services completed include planting flowers, cleaning woods and roadsides, weeding and much more. This event is not only designed to show the positive spirit of the UMKC family, but to do its part as active citizens, and attempt to keep up the surrounding landscape.

Cleaning the different areas is not the only portion to this event. Students will also receive the opportunity to network with other students and organizations in the city. This is an opportunity for every student to get involved, make friends and create memories.

“Volunteering for Roos Give Back is an amazing experience because you get to see UMKC students, staff and faculty come together to help our KC community,” said Roda Awili, a UMKC campus ambassador and a member of ASA. “I do believe it’s effective in promoting student involvement and the importance of service.”

Awili, who has volunteered with Roos Give Back for the past few years, recommends students volunteer because it’s a great opportunity to serve others, learn more about the places around them and get to meet new people at the event.

This year, Roos Give Back plans to continue its wide day of service on Oct. 5.

What volunteers can expect upon the 8:30 arrival is check-in and a complimentary t-shirt. After that, all volunteers will receive a formal welcome and instructions from the event leader, and everyone will be transported to the location to start the day.

Registration will be open until the day of the event. So put on your closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing for working outside in and tell a friend. Don’t just live in the community, but help UMKC be part of the community striving to make a difference.

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