When Boilers Give Back West Lafayette!
The Boiler Blast, an annual event at Purdue University, has a whopping 1,020 Boiler students give back to the community by volunteering to do odd jobs for the residents of West Lafayette.
The 2009 campaign sported great T-Shirts that sported the slogan “One Day A Year – Come Volunteer” and the list of event sponsors, who included, University Spirit,
Piazza Produce, WAZY 96.5, College Station, Purdue Gear.com along with many of the great student organizations on campus. New to this year’s event, thanks to the terrific organizing committee, each home that had signed up for student volunteers, was “tagged” with a bright yellow sign so the volunteers could locate their job sites. These signs were posted the night before the event and helped to smooth the days events.
After meeting at the Campus Mall, the students either walked or were shuttled to there assignment locations. In the photos below, student received maps for their assigned areas to clean up, trash bags, and gloves. Then they were off to work.
The students came from all over campus, residents halls, fraternities, sororities, clubs and other campus organizations – all came to help out and the New Chauncey Neighborhood greatly appreciates their efforts and willingness to help out.
NCNA Leadership Team member Vicki Leavitt talks with Boiler Blast Volunteers about their assignments and provides the necessary supplies.
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, students could be seen walking the streets and alleys cleaning up the area and having a good time. The best part of the day was the joy both the Boilermaker students and the New Chauncey residents received from the volunteer spirit. It was truly another win-win put on by Purdue.
There were other projects that the students helped out on including mulching neighborhood garden spots, cleaning windows, raking yards, planting trees, and installing a retaining wall with one of the residents.