Project Inspire, a series of student-run service projects, will take place in the BYU-Idaho Center gym June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Project Inspire includes seven individual projects: the Garage Swap, campus beautification, writing letters to missionaries, renovating a local animal shelter, making scrapbooks for orphans, making humanitarian blankets and introducing participants to the Vineyard programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Colten McEwan, a junior studying music, is a co-manager for Project Inspire. He said the volunteers hope that their acts of service will inspire further acts of service both by the participants and those that see them serve, which is the idea behind Project Inspire.
Gage Olsen, a junior studying communication, is the other co-manager for Project Inspire.
“In the past [Project Inspire] was just a small trip … to spend a week in between semesters doing a service project,” Olsen said. “This semester we’ve decided that to really inspire BYU-Idaho to fulfill its mission and do service the best thing to do would be to do a local project.”
Taylor Fujimoto, a senior studying communication, is an assistant event coordinator for the Garage Swap.
“We decided to pick the garage swap because we believe that the majority of people at school here had items to swap, things they didn’t need,” Fujimoto said.
Fujimoto said students can bring items to donate to the BYU-I Stadium on one of two drop-off days before the main event. The first event was June 15. The second will be held June 22.
“We’re going to assess the value of their items and give them tickets based on the value of their items that they can use at the swap,” Fujimoto said. “People who don’t have anything or people that show the day of [the swap] and want to participate can bring canned food.”
Fujimoto said the donations will be presented at the swap, where donors can then swap tickets for items to take home.
Kirsten Gilbert, a freshman studying exercise physiology who is in charge of the letter-writing event, said she hoped that as many letters would be sent as possible to make the missionaries happy and to show gratitude for their service.
“We plan on having a list of missionaries that students can write to or they can come with their own missionary in mind,” Gilbert said.
Olsen said the Orphanage Sport Services Organization in Rexburg will be sponsoring the scrapbook event.
“We are making scrapbooks for orphans in Ecuador that help them in their transition from the foster homes to adoption,” Olsen said. “It helps with the emotional difficulty of the transition.”
Olsen said the Humanitarian Service Organization will sponsor a blanket-making event.
“We are making blankets that the police department distributes to the poor,” Olsen said.
Olsen said that the Vineyard projects will include genealogical indexing and training to use social media to spread awareness of the Latter-day Saint faith.
Olsen said the campus beautification project will involve several individual projects meant to improve and clean the BYU-I campus.
Olsen said the animal shelter project will involve fixing and painting the facilities at a local shelter to improve the living conditions for the animals there.