The entire Ball State community is encouraged to participate in the United Way of Delaware County’s Day of Action on Friday, Sept. 14. 

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni can select from one-hour, two-hour, and half-day service projects to help make a difference in our community.

All Ball State participants who register in advance will receive a special “Centennial Celebration” T-shirt to be worn on Sept. 14.

How to Sign Up

1. Receive Supervisor Approval

You must obtain pre-approval from your supervisors and include the time or hours you plan to volunteer. You must receive your supervisor’s approval in writing (email is OK). Your supervisor should retain the document in their payroll audit files.

2. Register

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

Register Now

All registrations are due by Friday, Aug. 31.

Project Opportunities

Ball State Projects

Research shows that when kids spend time outdoors, they are happier, healthier, smarter, and better problem solvers. The Cardinal Greenway, a 62-mile rail-trail that runs through Muncie, is a great resource for families who want to get outside.

Ball State volunteers will install Muncie BY5’s Nature Play signs and spruce up local trailheads.

  • time commitment: half day (a.m. or p.m.)
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • what to bring: water, sunscreen, and gloves
  • transportation: Ball State buses will transport volunteers to their assigned locations.

Registration for this project is full.

Muncie BY5 works to ensure that Muncie children have the reading skills they need to be successful in school and life.

Ball State volunteers at Emens Auditorium will assemble 200 literacy kits—including a free children’s book, craft ideas and supplies, and other resources—to kick start reading and learning at home.

  • time commitment: one hour between noon and 4 p.m.
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • transportation: N/A; project will take place in Emens Auditorium

Registration for this project is full.

Nearly a quarter of all kids in Delaware County live with food insecurities and rely on school meals and snacks for nutrition. Hunger can severely hamper children’s ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom.

Ball State volunteers at Emens Auditorium will put together 800 snack packs for local elementary schools to distribute to kids in need.

  • time commitment: one hour between 8:30 a.m. and noon
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • transportation: N/A; project will take place in Emens Auditorium

The Anthony-Northside neighborhood lies just north of Ball State’s campus and houses nearly 5,000 people, many of whom are students.

Ball State volunteers will work to beautify and pick up trash around the neighborhood.

  • time commitment: two hours (p.m.)
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • what to bring: water, sunscreen. We will have all other necessary tools.
  • Please meet at Community Fellowship Church at the corner of Oakwood and Cowing.

Travel Options

  • Take the Ball State Orange Loop shuttle to the Oakwood bus stop.
  • Walk to the north end of campus. You can cross Bethel at the crosswalk T-intersection of Bethel and McKinley
  • Drive and park at the Oakwood building in the lot closest to the neighborhood. Parking services will not be ticketing on this day but there is a very limited number of parking spots available.

Thank You To Sponsors

Thank you to Anthony-Northside for securing donations from several sponsors.

Sponsors are as follows:

  • Greek's Pizzeria in the Village
  • Jimmy John's in the Village
  • Johnny Carino's
  • Muncie Meijer
  • Sunshine Café

Registration for this project is full.

We will be painting plywood to look like windows, flower boxes, etc. that will then be hung onto doors and windows of abandoned houses in Muncie.

  • time commitment: one hour between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 4 p.m.
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • transportation: N/A; project will take place on the University Green (the grassy area between the Architecture Building and Bracken Library)

The ability to read at grade-level by the grade 3 is one of the single greatest predictors of school success. Muncie BY5 supports a network of more than 20 Little Free Libraries to spread a culture of literacy throughout Delaware County.

To help keep them stocked, Ball State is collecting books for all ages from Aug. 31- Sept. 14.

Book Drive Locations are to be determined.

Bridges Community Services works to develop, provide and coordinate housing, supportive services, education and employment programs for low income individuals and families in Delaware County. Volunteers will be helping to clean up properties in the South Central neighborhood. Work will include raking, planting flowers, general yardwork and painting.

  • Time commitment: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • Transportation: on your own
  • Visit Bridges Community Services

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Volunteers will be painting throughout the office. Volunteers should wear clothes they don’t mind getting paint on.

  • Time commitment: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • Transportation: on your own
  • Visit Big Brothers Big Sisters

Little Red Door Cancer Agency works to reduce the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for medically underserved residents of central Indiana by providing free client services, cancer screenings and education. Volunteers will be making and assembling Care Packages that are given to new clients. These packages include a “chemo blanket” (which volunteers will be making), puzzle books, lotion, agency information and other comfort items.

  • Time commitment: 8:30 a.m - Noon
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • Transportation: on your own
  • Visit Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Motivate Our Minds provides year-round academic achievement and enrichment programs focused on empowering the next generation of educators, innovators, and leaders. Volunteers for AM shift will be working in outside cleaning up garden areas, re-planting herbs and plants, washing parts of the building, and raking. PM volunteers will be working inside painting and organizing and labeling supplies.

  • Time commitment: 8:30 a.m. - Noon or 1-4:30 p.m.
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • Transportation: on your own
  • Visit Motivate Our Minds

United Day Care Center provides quality, holistic, affordable, licensed child care and early childhood education available to families of all income levels with low-income families as the target population. Volunteers will be working in the classrooms with children, under the supervision of center staff. Volunteers can bring a book they would like to read, or share a special interest with the children (i.e. ballet, art).

  • Time commitment: 8:30am-Noon
  • what to wear: your Ball State 100 Celebration T-shirt, comfortable shorts or pants and footwear
  • Transportation: on your own
  • Visit United Day Care Center

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.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Community Engagement.