Campus News - December 3, 2001

UNM 'Spring Storm' to build on reinvigorated community spirit

By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez

Since May, UNM students have vigilantly developed plans for a major community service event set for Saturday, April 6, 2002 in Albuquerque.

Called "The Spring Storm," the event builds on the reinvigorated spirit of community that resulted from Sept. 11. Volunteer students, staff, faculty, alumni, prospective students and their families will be assigned projects from painting and landscaping to elderly visitation and youth education.

Organized by the Community Experience, a student organization created by School of Law student Dathan Weems of Farmington, NM, the "Spring Storm" is expected to have "thousands of people from UNM doing hundreds of projects throughout the community," Weems says.

"There is sweeping interest among the University population to participate in community service," he says. "However, many people are unsure how to get involved or concerned about making a recurring commitment that they cannot keep. A large-scale, one-day event provides an opportunity to make an immediate impact."

The Spring Storm will begin with a "Rise and Shine Breakfast" and end with a "Celebration Barbeque" at the South Campus Athletic Facilities. Both events will have free food and entertainment and information booths for local non-profit agencies and Spring Storm sponsors.

The Spring Storm depends on contributions from the community for its success. All contributions are tax-deductible through the UNM Foundation.

Visit the Spring Storm website to suggest a project, sign up as a volunteer or make a contribution, http://springstorm.unm.edu.

For more information, call Dathan Weems, 265-8140.

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