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AmeriCorpsAnnual Programs

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Ten days before Thanksgiving, students will host a Hunger Banquet. Attendees’ “fate” is drawn at the door — high-income, middle-income or low-income. The meals served will reflect your income level. Be part of this nationwide, campus activity to discuss the issue of hunger in our world. For more information, contact the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210.


Relay for Life

The annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, raises money to fund cancer research, cancer awareness and survivor support programs. Teams of participants raise money and walk around the track at FSU from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. to show their support for those who are fighting the disease 24 hours a day. The event also includes music, live performances, games, prizes and a chance to camp out under the stars. If you want to get involved in Relay for Life at FSU, call 301.687.4210.


Toys for Happiness Drive

Toys for Happiness collects unwrapped children’s toys to give to less fortunate children in the area. Each year, toys are accepted at the Braddock House, the Lane University Center and the Compton Science Center for approximately two weeks, then displayed at the President’s Holiday Reception for everyone to see prior to the delivery of the toys. If you have any questions about this event, contact the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210.


Deep Creek Dunk & Hooley Plunge

Take a plunge into the icy waters of Deep Creek Lake in February and Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap in March to support Special Olympics and other programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Information is available at the Office of Civic Engagement at the Braddock House.


Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games

Be part of this nationally recognized winter sporting event for people with disabilities held in Western Maryland. Service opportunities include helping athletes, the Parade of Athletes and being timers and scorekeepers.


Frostburg’s Beautify the ’Burg

Beautify the ‘Burg is an annual event that brings students, faculty, staff and community members together to clean up Frostburg. Volunteers can register individually or as a group to complete such tasks as planting trees, painting and removing trash. Breakfast, lunch and T-shirts are provided to volunteers that register for this event in advance.To register, call the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210.

Alternative Break Trips

FSU Alternative Break is committed to organizing off-campus service trips for students. Last year, students participated in trips to New Jersey. If you are interested in planning or participating in winter or spring break trips, contact the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties A STAR! in Western Maryland celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a Day of Service – Make it a day on, not a day off.


Sponsor-A-Family Thanksgiving Baskets

Through the annual Sponsor-A-Family, academic and administrative departments, student groups or individuals can help make a difference in a family’s life in Western Maryland by providing a Thanksgiving food basket to a family in need. Since its beginning, the Sponsor-A-Family has provided Thanksgiving baskets for over 250 families in Western Maryland. If you or your group is interested in sponsoring a family for the Thanksgiving holiday or just making a donation, drop off your non-perishable food items at the Office of Civic Engagement. All baskets will be delivered on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Western Maryland

Making Strides is a 5K walk held in Cumberland, Md, during October. This event is an opportunity to unite community members, build awareness and raise funds to fight cancer.

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