Make a Difference Day

Support this year's President's Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge by participating in a volunteer opportunity on Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 18.

For a list of volunteer projects and instructions on how to sign up, visit: http://tinyurl.com/kurb48m

President's Interfaith Community Service Campus Challenge

In the fall of 2011 the White House launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus and in the community.

Volunteer Spotlight - Wilburn Smith

From an early age, Wilburn Smith was taught the importance of a college degree. His parents advocated education because “they knew it was an important factor in life… college is a must in our family,” said Smith. However, he was not unaware of the problems that existed, and still exist, for many school-aged children.

“I was a very young child when I realized issues surrounding education needed to be addressed,” says Smith.

Volunteer Spotlight- Shavantis Thomas

Volunteer SuperStar Shavantis “Keyta” Thomas is a senior Human Sciences major at Mississippi State University with a concentration in Youth Studies.

Now accepting applications for MSU College Corps

A new opportunity has been created at Mississippi State to earn money for your education while serving our community.  If you are willing to contribute just 10 to 12 hours of community service each week during the school year, you can earn $1,175 that can be used to pay for tuition, loans, or other qualified expenses.

Register now for Service DAWGS Day

Service DAWGS Day is an annual day of service that engages over 500 students in community service activities within the local community. On Service DAWGS Day, students arrive at a central campus location for a brief orientation and light breakfast before being transported to one of over 35 community partner locations to perform three hours of community service. At around lunch time, students are transported back to campus for lunch and other activities. Last year over 1,900 volunteer hours were performed during the annual Service DAWGS Day. The 2014 Service DAWGS Day is scheduled for August 12.

President's Interfaith Service Challenge Update

In the fall of 2013 MSU launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus and in the community. During the 2013-2014 school year, MSU's Interfaith Service Initiative has focused on improving the disaster preparedness of citizens of Oktibbeha County by building disaster preparedness kits to be distributed to low-income seniors and families.

Starkville Community Market brings people together

The eight ball zucchini is a hybrid variety of zucchini squash that has become popular over the last several years. It’s round, softball size and shape, make it ideal for stuffing, but like any other zucchini it can be steamed, baked, grilled, or roasted, and perhaps even fried.

The owner of the unique looking zucchini, Don Autry of D&G Farm in Wren, Miss. said he was approached by a man who wanted to know if the zucchini could be deep fried, and two women who wanted to use the zucchini to make a base for pizza crust.

Instructors make a difference at J.L. King Center

For people who may not know about the J.L. King Center, it is considered a valuable resource and one of the brightest gems that Starkville has to offer to the community.

Though it is not the traditional classroom, inside the walls of the small red brick building are two women who help make the center shine as a place where people can change their lives for the better.

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