Finding the right volunteer opportunity in Topeka is now as easy as
touching a button for Washburn students.
Known as Washburn Engage, the 42-inch touch screen installed recently at
Mabee Library already displays the volunteer opportunities of more than
30 community partners. The number of partners continues to grow. The new
technology is unique to Washburn and is one of the first projects of the
campus-wide High-Impact Initiative.
As one of only 18 schools in the United States signed on to the Bonner
Foundation High-Impact Initiative, Washburn is specifically focused on
integrating community service and the classroom experience. Washburn
Engage aims to more seamlessly connect any interested student with
volunteer options that fit his or her academic and personal interests.
With this tool, students can spend less time looking and more time doing.
“I want to see students connecting how service learning, community and
school go together. It makes you feel complete. You’re actually doing
something,” said Micaela Sands, High-Impact Initiative intern in the
Learning in the Community (LinC) office. She spent many hours developing
the system’s volunteer opportunity database.
Washburn Engage will be officially unveiled at an event at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11 on the main floor of Mabee Library. The schedule for
the presentation is as follows:
Rick Ellis, director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement
and its Learning in the Community programs, will speak about Washburn
Engage and the University’s High-Impact Initiative.
Darin Whitegon, match specialist for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of
Topeka, will speak about the importance of Washburn Engage to community
Micaela Sands, a junior from Ozawkie, Kan. who is studying social work,
will speak about Washburn Engage from the student perspective and
demonstrate how it works.
A question and answer session will follow, as well as time to use
more about Learning in the Community
more about Washburn’s High-Impact Initiative