During the 2018 Day of Action, volunteers helped clean up the Cardinal Greenway, assemble literacy kits, collect books for a book drive, and more!

Community Projects

More than a quarter of Delaware County households live one crisis away from falling into poverty. These working families (or ALICE – Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) face daily obstacles hindering their health, education and financial stability.

Your participation in one of the following activities will support the United Way’s commitment to improve the lives and futures of ALICE families across our community.

Donate gently used books for all ages to help Muncie BY5 stock more than 35 Little Free Libraries in Delaware County.

Collection boxes will be available August 26th-September 6th at the following locations:

  • Atrium food court (entrance near bookstore, second floor by UML)
  • Ball Gym (main entrance)
  • L.A. Pittenger Student Center lobby (by the information desk)
  • Burkhardt Building lobby (west end by the bulletin board)
  • Architecture Building (atrium and second floor lounge)
  • Cooper Science building (lobby)
  • David Letterman Communication and Media Building (lobby)
  • Jo Ann Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center (south doors)
  • Robert Bell Building (lobby)
  • North Quad Building lobby (ground floor/east hall)
  • Showalter Building (Facilities Planning and Management office)
  • Teachers College (main entrance near the elevators)
  • West Quad Building (main entrance)
  • Whitinger Building (main entrance)

Help Muncie make a good first impression by picking up trash and other debris at Muncie “gateways”!

  • Time commitment: 2 Hours. Choose from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, BSU Shirt 2019, comfortable shoes/pants
  • What to bring: Water, sunscreen, and gloves (if you prefer using your own)
  • What is provided: Basic gloves (one size fits all), trash bags/recycle bags, trash “pickers”
  • Transportation: Ball State buses will be available to transport volunteers

Join a “pop-up” reader team and read to children at one of 14 local daycares. Volunteers will be paired up and assigned to a daycare, where each volunteer will read one of two books (provided) and donate them to the daycare. Training is provided and background checks are required.

  • Time commitment: Half hour training at 8:30 a.m.; then daycare reading at 10 a.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, BSU Shirt 2019, comfortable shoes and pants
  • Transportation will be on our own

Bring unused personal hygiene products (i.e. travel shampoos, soap, body wash, toothpaste) to share with local shelters and schools.

Collection sites will be available August 19-September 3 at the following locations:

  • Administration Building, Room 326
  • Architecture Building, Room 104
  • Arts and Communication Building, Room 200
  • Art and Journalism Building, Room 300D
  • Ball Communication Building, Room 201N
  • Ball Honors House, Front Desk
  • Health Professions Building, Room 214
  • Facilities Planning and Management, by SV &SS time clocks
  • Housing and Residence Life
    • Dehority, Room 180
    • Johnson East, Room 066
    • Johnson West, Room 003
    • Noyer, Room B6
    • Park Hall, Room 028
    • Woodworth, Room 04
  • Letterman Building, Room 102 & 131
  • L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Information Desk
  • Teachers College Building, Room 1005
  • West Quad Building, Room 203
  • Whitinger Business Building, Room 100F
  • Worthen Arena, Room 140

Help Huffer Childcare Center, Destiny Christian Academy or Grissom Elementary put together their new Little Free Library. Three teams of two to three volunteers will need to provide their own tools – posthole digger, wheelbarrow, water, shovel, hammer, and nails. The library and concrete mix will be provided. Assembly skills required.

  • Time commitment: Your own timeline on September 6
  • What to wear: Your red, BSU Shirt 2019, comfortable shoes and pants
  • Transportation will be on our own

Our local parks provide important places for outdoor recreation and community building. We will head out to Heekin and McCullough Parks* to help with general upkeep, including picking up debris and cutting saplings around trees. 

Volunteers will be assigned to one location.

  • Time commitment: Half day (a.m. or p.m.) Choose from 9 a.m-noon OR 1- 4 p.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, BSU Shirt 2019comfortable shoes and pants
  • What to bring: water and sunscreen
  • Transportation: Parks Department shuttle will be available to transport volunteers to their assigned location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty, professional, service, and staff employees may participate.

Yes. You will be paid for the time you normally would have been scheduled to work.

There are opportunities to volunteer on or off campus through the United Way.

Employees must obtain pre-approval from their supervisor and include the time or hours you would like to volunteer. The request and approval must be in writing (email is OK) and your supervisor should retain the document in their payroll audit files.

Once you receive your supervisor’s approval, please complete our online registration form.

Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to participate. However, the supervisor must ensure that there is appropriate staffing to meet the needs of the organization.

Employees have the opportunity to volunteer for one hour, two hour or half day. If your supervisor cannot approve a full day, you should see if you can volunteer for a shorter period of time.

Non-Exempt (hourly)

If you are non-exempt (hourly paid), clock out for the time that you are volunteering (this includes travel time). You or your supervisor will add the hours using the pay code “Volunteer Pay” in Kronos. This process mirrors how you handle other paid time off such as sick, vacation, PTO, etc.

For example, if Mary is volunteering from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and leaves at 8:30 am and returns at 11:30 am, she would clock out at 8:30 am, clock back in at 11:30 am and then add 3 hours of “Volunteer Pay” in Kronos.

Exempt (Salaried)

If you are exempt (salaried), the hours spent volunteering should also be coded as “Volunteer Pay” in Kronos. Unlike sick and vacation that are reported in half and full day increments, “Volunteer Pay” is entered in increments of 15 minutes.

For example, if Mary spends 2.5 hours performing volunteer work, she would add a line in Kronos with 2.5 hours of “Volunteer Pay”.

Please keep a copy of your employee’s request to participate in the Day of Action along with your approval of the request. If your employee submitted a Kronos Adjustment Form, please keep this document for three years.

If you have questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact the Office of Community Engagement.

For information regarding Ball State University volunteer activities and related record keeping policies, please contact Kate Stoss in Human Resources.


Contact the Office of Community Engagement.