This year 115 volunteers took part in our annual Into the Streets event, where mostly first-year students get a short tour of Appleton before volunteering with different organizations in the community. This year we sent students to Riverview Gardens, Casa Hispana, Brewster Village, and the Building for Kids Children's Museum.
The Environment and Sustainability group took short bus tour of Appleton before arriving at Riverview Gardens. Once there, volunteers were given a tour of the facilities, including the fields, the hydroponics systems, and the greenhouses. Students saw the different ways of growing food on the farm and they also learned about what it takes to operate the farms year-round. After volunteering at Riverview, we went to the Sustainable Lawrence University Gardens (SLUG) to prepare the gardens for planting in the fall. Some of us repaired fences or harvested tomatos while others pulled weeds and trimmed dead plants.
The Access to the Arts volunteer group began with a walking tour of downtown Appleton, highlighting arts-related buildings and businesses, various resources such as the public library, and favorite spots to eat. We were joined by Lawrence alumni Oliver and Rebecca Zornow, two community members heavily involved with the arts in the area. After the tour we gathered at Houdini Plaza to go more in depth about artistic volunteer opportunities and to do a Deep Listening exercise led by Sally. For our main volunteer portion, we painted for the Building for Kids as part of their annual maintenance/renovation period. Finally, we returned to Lawrence to reflect and paint a mural on the Lawe Street wall!