Community Projects

Find information about community projects below happening at locations on- and off-campus. You can also volunteer to help by donating items for the hygiene product and book drives prior to the day of the event.

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Projects happening before September 2

Bring unused personal hygiene products (e.g., travel shampoos, soap, body wash, toothpaste) to share with local shelters and schools. Collection sites will be available August 16 – 31 at the following locations:

  • Administration Building, Rm 326
  • Alumni Center
  • Architecture Building, Rm 104
  • Arts and Communication Building, Rm 200
  • Arts and Journalism Building, Room 300
  • Ball Communication Building, Room 201
  • Ball Honors House, Front Desk
  • Facilities Planning and Management, by SV & SS time clocks

List of Items needed
(please provide new, not used items)

  • College of Health Building, Room 214
  • Letterman Building, Room 102
  • North Dining & Housing and Residence Life, ND room 238, west end student work area
  • Pittenger Student Center, north entrance
  • Teachers College, Room 1005
  • West Quad, Room 203
  • Whitinger Business Building, Room 100F
  • Worthen Arena, Room 140
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Toiletries
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Clean socks
  • Water bottle
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Hand wipes
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Maxi pads
  • Nail clippers
  • Band aids
  • Chap stick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Underwear/undergarments

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 16-31 at the following locations:

  • Atrium food court (entrance near bookstore, second floor by UML)
  • Ball Gym (main entrance)
  • Ball State Student Center lobby (by the information desk)
  • Burkhardt Building lobby (west end by the bulletin board)
  • College of Architecture and Planning (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)
  • Miller College of Business (main entrance)
  • 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)

Put together personal hygiene kits, to be distributed by local shelters and schools and make inspirational cards for the Snack Attack Pack.

  • Time commitment: Wednesday, September 1 from 11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation: N/A; project will take place in the Atrium dining area

On-Campus Projects on September 2

Help run concession booths at the Ball State Football game where we will celebrate the Day of Action!

  • Time Commitment: 4-4.5 hours. 5:30 p.m. – end of game
  • What to wear: United Way T-shirts are fine! You may also wear jeans, shorts (fingertip length). Closed-toe shoes are required. Hats are also required and long hair must be pulled back and restrained.
  • Transportation: Transportation is not provided, but you will be given parking passes. Volunteers should enter through Gate 1 at the Stadium.

Put together 200 literacy kits – including a free children’s book, craft ideas and supplies, and other resources – to help Muncie BY5 kick-start reading and learning at home.

  • Time commitment: 1 hour between the hours of noon – 4 p.m.
  • What to wear: Y Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation: N/A; project will take place at Emens

Assemble 800 snack packs for local elementary schools to distribute to kids who rely on school meals and snacks for basic nutrition.

  • Time commitment: 1 hour between the hours of 9-11:30 a.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation: N/A; project will take place at Emens

Put together fleece scarves, hats, and blankets for babies and children. Items will be donated to local shelters. No experience necessary.

  • Time commitment: 2 hours. noon – 2 p.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation: N/A; project will take place at Emens

A great way to love our community is to share about it with others! On October 2, Muncie is hosting our first-ever full IRONMAN race at Prairie Creek Reservoir. The event will attract 3,500 athletes from around the world and their supporters to our community – a great economic boost for local restaurants, retail, and other businesses. Many local partners are working together to make these guests feel welcome and keep IRONMAN coming back in future years. To support these efforts, Day of Action volunteers will handwrite welcome letters to be placed in athlete registration packets and hotel rooms.

  • Time commitment: 2 hours. 1-3 p.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation: N/A; project will take place at the Student Center, Rooms 301 & 302

Off-Campus Projects on September 2

Join a “pop-up” reader team and read to children at one of fourteen local daycares, including preschool classes at Muncie Community Schools. Volunteers will be paired up and assigned to a daycare; each volunteer will read one of two books (provided) and donate them to the daycare. Training is provided. Consistent with MCS requirements, each volunteer must be vaccinated and complete a background check.

  • Time commitment: Half hour training at 8:30 a.m.; then daycare reading at 10 a.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • Transportation will be on your own
  • A background check is required. Please complete the form.

The Cardinal Greenway provides more than 60 miles of paved trail for healthy outdoor activity and will be gearing up for Walk Indiana scheduled for September 11. Tasks will include trash pickup, cleaning, painting benches, etc. at one of numerous sites along the greenway.

  • Time commitment: 9 a.m.-noon (20 volunteers) 1-3 p.m. (20 volunteers)
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • What to bring: Water, sunscreen, and gloves
  • Transportation: Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation to the Cardinal Greenway Depot, 700 E. Wysor Street, Muncie

Help to increase the attractiveness of our local dog park. Volunteers will plant tulip bulbs to enjoy next spring and each spring thereafter. We will also freshen up the plants in the planters that were installed during the 2019 Day of Action. The dog park is a walkable distance from campus, behind Fraternity Row.

  • Time commitment: Half day, 9 a.m.- noon
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • What to bring: Water, and sunscreen
  • Transportation: On your own, you can walk the short distance from campus or drive.

Volunteers will be helping move and build a playground for the Preschool that is part of the Muncie Central High School. Volunteers may be helping to put together equipment or shoveling mulch. Consistent with MCS requirements, each volunteer must be vaccinated and complete a background check.  

  • Time commitment: 10 a.m.– noon
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, comfortable shoes/pants
  • What to bring: Water, sunscreen, and gloves
  • Transportation will be on your own
  • A background check is required. Please complete the form.

Help keep Muncie Clean and Beautiful! Join us for a neighborhood clean-up.
Morning Shift:     Meet in the Village, behind The Cup and Be Here Now. Clean up area = Ashland to Jackson, between Dicks St. and McKinley Ave.
Afternoon Shift:   Meet in the Village, behind The Cup and Be Here Now. Clean up area = Beechwood to Jackson/White River, between Dicks St. and Reserve Ave.

  • Time commitment: 2 Hours; Morning: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR Afternoon: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • What to wear: Your red, UW Day of Action 2021 shirt, 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: Volunteers will be expected to arrive on their own. Meet up site is within walking distance of BSU.
  • Six morning slots between 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Six afternoon slots between 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided

Volunteers will work with staff to clean and sort supply building, wash outside toys, and clean up outdoor playground.

  • Five morning slots between 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Lunch provided at Second Harvest office

Volunteers will be loading food from pallets into vehicles (will be loading an average of 400 cars in 2 hours)

  • 20 morning slots between 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • 20 afternoon slots between 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch Provided

Volunteers will sort produce and other items for multiple programs, pack individual bags for schools an senior sites, write thank you notes, clean up facility and other office related tasks

  • Three morning slots between 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Three afternoon slots between 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Lunch Provided

Volunteers will be cleaning, painting and reorganizing areas throughout the building

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 virtually or on your own.

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.

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.