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University of Minnesota Homecoming 2012 service opportunities open to everyone

September 27, 2012

Student Unions & Activities and Homecoming 2012 welcome members of the University of Minnesota campus community and members of the public Twin Cities area to get involved in community service opportunities as part of Homecoming 2012 from Saturday, Oct.  6 to Sunday, Oct. 14. All community service events are open to the general public and include a 5K run, Food Drive, Blood Drive and Thank U event.

Community Service Events

  • Norman Borlaug Food and Hunger 5K -- Run begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 Registration is now open for the race that honors Norman Borlaug, U of M alumni and supports Hunger Relief in the Twin Cities. Nonperishable food items will be collected at the 5K, as well as at the Information Desks in Coffman Union and the St. Paul Student Center throughout Homecoming week. Food donations will be given to Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization. Registration is open online until Oct. 3 and participants can also register on the day of the race.
  • Blood Drive -- in partnership with the American Red Cross, the nation’s largest supplier of blood and blood products, Homecoming 2012 will be hosting a Blood Drive beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Coffman Union. Registration is open online and walk-ins are also accepted.
  • Thank U – Thank U is an event happening on Sunday, Oct. 14 that encourages participants to give back to the greater university community by completing service projects in the surrounding neighborhoods. Service projects range from assisting with an edible community garden to supporting artists. Food and entertainment, including a performance by Rogue Valley will also be provided to volunteers. Groups or individuals may register online until Oct. 10.

Since 1914, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has celebrated Homecoming, a week dedicated to honoring the spirit of the maroon and gold. This celebration brings the campus community together with events such as a campus-wide scavenger hunt, cheer and lip sync competitions, sports competitions, community service events, pep rallies, and of course the Homecoming parade and football game.

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