Upper Iowa University volunteers hit streets April 22 for 9th annual Fayette Appreciation Day

FAYETTE, Iowa (April 9, 2015) – Students, faculty and staff from Upper Iowa University will be volunteering in area communities Wednesday, April 22, as part of the University’s ninth-annual Fayette Appreciation Day. Projects this year are scheduled in Fayette, Oelwein and West Union.

The 2015 day of community service will bring the number of total projects to nearly 400 completed since 2006 by more than 4,000 UIU volunteers.

Fayette Appreciation Day has been recognized locally and nationally, receiving awards from the State of Iowa Governor's Service Awards and President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Service activities begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude with a volunteer celebration and lunch at Cardinal Park, Fayette, at 12:15 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, Fayette Appreciation Day will be held the following Wednesday, April 29.

Included among the projects for 2015 is clean-up of Big Rock Road, Old Highway 150, Landfill Road, the Volga River, Big Rock Country Club, the Opera House, Fayette Volga River Multiuse Trail, Rainbow Land Preschool/Daycare, Volga River State Recreation Area, Volga Valley Conservation Club, Fayette Methodist Church, downtown West Union, downtown Fayette and the UIU campus. Volunteers also will be helping with resident assistance projects, working with Meals on Wheels, Maple Crest Manor, Prairie View and North Fayette Middle School.  Other students will be painting picnic tables at City Park and Campground and Red Gate Park in Oelwein.

In addition, residents will be able to recycle unwanted technology, such as old computers. Items may be brought to the first level of the UIU Student Center in the Cove, located under the staircase.

This year’s Fayette Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Performance Rehab Centers in Oelwein and West Union, Croel Redi-Mix, Kerns Promotional Advertising, and the UIU President’s Office.

Emily Marvin and Daryl Grove are co-chairs of the event. For information, contact 425-5209 or marvine93@peacocks.uiu.edu.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

Michael Van Sickle
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