Service and Advocacy Week struggles for support

Bryan Cebulski

Changes are ahead for next year’s Service and Advocacy week after the annual event, which ended Friday, faced low participation from student groups.

Service and Advocacy week is an annual tradition at Grand Valley State University in which service organizations table in the Kirkhof Center to showcase themselves to the community. The week, put together by the Community Service Learning Center, aims to encourage these organizations to raise funds and support for their respective causes.

Seven organizations participated this year: Alpha Phi Omega, the Senior Citizens Club, Battle of the Valleys, To Write Love on Her Arms, Amnesty International, Peace M.E.ans and Best Buddies.

“In the past we’ve had guest speakers and events, but we didn’t have as many organizations participate this year,” said Eric Stevens, graduate assistant for the CSLC.

Regardless, Stevens said he had great gratitude for the seven organizations that did participate this year.

“The week is still active, and the organizations are still active. I’m happy to help orchestrate it,” he said.

Stevens said although seven organizations did participate, the CSLC plans to change it for next year so that it will not “die.” They will reach out to more organizations and try to involve more people.

“We’re planning on revamping,” Stevens said.

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