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Into the Streets Week 2022


Into the Streets Week (ITSW) is KU’s largest advocacy-based service event of the year. Hosted by the KU Center for Community Outreach, the goal of ITSW is to provide students with service opportunities and encourage their participation with the underlying issues facing our local and global communities. This year ITSW will take place April 18-April 22 and the theme will be sustainability!

Calendar of Events:

April 16:

Bridging with Books (4/16-4/24)

Have a book you don’t need anymore? Project Bridge is collecting books for Masgid Al Huda at the following locations: Anchutz, Kansas Union, Watson Library, Nunemaker, Daisy Hill Commons, and Cap Fed.

April 18:

Come See the CCO! 11 am-2-pm

Come stop by Wescoe Beach 11 am-2 pm to meet some of our amazing program coordinators and exec staff to hear more about the CCO!

Senior Lawn Cleanup 4 pm-5 pm (4/18-4/22)

Join us on Monday, April 18th in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union for a preliminary meeting where we will be painting plant pots! During this meeting, we will discuss our larger service event for “Into the Streets Week”: a collaboration with the Senior Resource Center to provide lawn cleanup and general yard services for senior citizens through the week of April 18th – 22nd. The April 18th meeting is an opportunity for students to meet fellow volunteers and learn more about the CCO and our HUG (Helping Unite Generations) program. At this meeting, you will be provided with the addresses of local senior citizens and will be assigned to a volunteer site.

If you are unable to volunteer at the senior homes that week, we still strongly encourage anyone that is interested to join us in painting plants!

Student Sustainability & Impact Fair 11 am-2 pm

Join us for the Student Sustainability and Impact Fair. This week-long informational exhibit educates students at KU about strategic implementations of sustainability in their day to day lives. Location: Traditions Area of the Kansas Union

April 19:

Jubilee! 3 pm-7 pm

Jubilee Cafe is hosting a dinner at First United Methodist Church for Into the Streets Week. ITSW is hosted annually by the Center for Community Outreach. It involves a week of events hosted by the CCOs 13 different programs. This year the theme of ITSW is sustainability. Join us on Tuesday, April 19th at 3pm to help prepare and serve dinner for the houseless and disadvantaged of the community.

Once you register for the ongoing need on volunteer.ku.edu, please complete the following Google Form so we can assign jobs!

Sensory Planting 4-5pm

Join Ability Advocates for their ITSW event in the Jay Room of the Kansas Union where they’ll be planting plants using sustainable materials! Additionally, Special Olympics Kansas health and fitness intern Raquel Mayo will come in and talk about the benefits of sensory activities!

Reusable Workshop 6 pm-8 pm

Earth is partnering with the Campus Cupboard to provide an opportunity to create sustainable everyday products that will be donated to our local Campus Cupboard and to be taken home by volunteers. Students will have the opportunity to make indoor compost containers, reusable food bags, dryer balls, and small herb gardens planted in reused household items. We are asking volunteers to provide their own CLEAN recycled items (tin cans, glass mason jars, plastic yogurt food containers, and alike) for the herb gardens and are looking for volunteers to bring sewing machines to be used at the workshop (not required for participation).

If you are most interested in creating a specific item to take home, please indicate that in your response to this need. Email cupboard@ku.edu or earth@ku.edu with questions. 

Location: The Jay in the Kansas Union

April 20:

Paint, Plant, Pot! 1 pm-6 pm

Location: Woodlawn Elementary

Conscious Consumptions 4 pm-6 pm

Join us for a brief presentation by Shy 38: a local animal sanctuary that will be talking about living a sustainable lifestyle regarding animals!

Location: Malott Room

April 21:

Soap Making 3 pm-5 pm

Come join Create as we will be hand-making soap to spread awareness about sustainability: please note that the soap is intended to be donated at the end of the event.

Location: Crossroads Room in the Kansas Union

CCO Past and Present 6 pm-7 pm

Location: Big 12 Room in the Kansas Union

April 22:

Smarts for Advocacy 2 pm-4 pm

Join Hawks Mind and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Kansas for Module 1 of NAMI’s Smarts for Advocacy training, Telling Your Story. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Training is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends, and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

Location: Forum D in Burge Union

April 27:

Keynote Speaker: Katharine Hayhoe 7 pm

The Forum-Marvin Hall

April 28:

Paul DeMain Speaking Event 7 pm

Location: The Commons