Community Service Events
At one-time events you’ll have the opportunity to participate in service that benefits the local community, meet other KSC students, faculty, and staff, and explore critical social issues. Events are great for groups! You can learn more about our scheduled events below, or contact the Community Service Office for more information.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held each fall on Keene State’s campus, the walk provides an array of service opportunities. You can help with set-up or face painting, register teams, or keep walkers motivated along the route. The 2018 walk will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s!
Source to Sea Clean Up
The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams and banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, KSC students, faculty, and staff head out across Keene to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Keene State contributes by hosting two blood drives on campus every academic year and one each summer. But we don’t just host, we host in style, collecting an average 100 pints per drive! Volunteers can welcome donors, serve snacks in the canteen, and of course become donors themselves.
Fall Blood Drive: October 17, 2018 Sign up to volunteer HERE
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
1 in 6 American families struggle with hunger. Every November Keene State College partners with The Community Kitchen in an effort to raise awareness and collect non-perishable food donations for local families in need. Additionally, the Community Service Office hosts events such as documentary screenings and the annual Oxfam America Hunger Banquet®. At the Hunger Banquet, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will take place November 10-18, 2018.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, November 13:
Hungry Owl Open House
The Hungry Owl is a student-run food pantry for members of the Keene State College community, who struggle with food insecurity.
The poverty simulation, also known as CAPS, is an interactive immersion experience that sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families’ lives.
Student Center, Mabel Brown Room
Wednesday, November 14:
Eat locally, impact globally. Come to hear stories of local and global hunger, discuss individual actions to fight hunger, and enjoy a free thanksgiving meal with new friends.
RSVP Required: Email Ashley.Betancourt@ksc.keene.edu
Thursday, November 15:
Community Solutions: Addressing Homelessness in Keene
Community Solutions is a national initiative to address homelessness in communities, with a focus on Built for Zero programs designed to end homelessness. This local event features keynote speaker Nate French of Community Solutions. It will also include a panel of local voices to address homelessness in the Keene area and a brief presentation of research on local agencies, organizations and services.
Networking and Refreshments: 4PM
Keynote and Panel w/ Nate French: 4:30PM
Alumni Center, Norma Walker Hall
Friday, November 16:
PB& J making for Hundred Nights
Join Habitat for Humanity Club members to make 100+ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter.
Student Center, Lantern Room
Green Up Keene
By working together we can make Keene a greener community. Join Keene residents, businesses, community groups and Keene State College every spring in a volunteer event to clean up the city! The next Green Up Keene event will take place April 21, 2018 weather permitting.