An adventure in service

What makes Iowa State’s Veishea spring celebration so popular among students? Well, they love its camaraderie, concerts and, of course, famous mini cherry pies. For many, though, Veishea is a lot more. It’s also a time to give back to their community through Service Day. That’s when students get together to beautify their campus and community, build trails and even read to preschoolers.

Every year, approximately 500-700 students choose to participate in Veishea Service Day. So why do students take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer? Veishea Campus and Community Involvement co-chair Addison Kistler, senior in accounting, says, “Most students like participating in Veishea Service Day because they genuinely enjoy helping others. They can truly make a difference in the Ames community, and they embrace that fact.”

There’s another benefit to Veishea Service Day, too -- friendship. After all, giving back to your community is awesome, but giving back to your community with your friends right by your side is even better. “Besides having a positive impact on the community, Veishea Service Day is also a great way to get together with your friends,” says Kistler. “You may not think of volunteer work as the most fun thing to do with friends, but it is a great bonding experience. It’s also a great way to make new friends!”

All around Iowa State, opportunities to get involved and make lifelong friendships await you. From Veishea Service Day to more than 800 clubs and organizations on campus to choose from -- you’ll never run out of things to try and people to meet at Iowa State. In fact, it might just be the best part of your adventure.