Truman Alumni Association is hosting its second annual TruCare event, in which Truman State University administration, faculty, students and alumni are encouraged to participate and record service hours.
Throughout March, affiliates of Truman are encouraged to volunteer in communities all around the world and submit recorded hours to Truman to serve their communities and show off their Bulldog spirit. The totals will include participants and hours volunteered for The Big Event on April 7.
Director of Engagement Stacy Tucker-Potter said the goal is to connect alumni and continue the service ethic important to Truman.
“The idea among alumni to do something in conjunction with the Big Event has been around for quite a few years,” Tucker-Potter said. “One of the things that the alumni board was aware of is that not everyone lives in a chapter area, so they wanted to make sure that people outside of chapter areas can be involved in these efforts.”
Last year, there were more than 1,300 participants who recorded more than 4,700 total hours of service. Tucker-Potter said as they prepared for this year, alumni relations wanted to maintain the current course but build more recognition for the program.
Jordan Smith, coordinator of alumni relations, created the website participants can use to record their service hours throughout the month. She said individuals and alumni chapters are free to volunteer wherever and whenever is best for them, so the event is active throughout March. This year, alumni chapters are working with a variety of volunteer organizations and projects including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and Buddy Packs for Food Banks.