Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Big Red's Blitz - Partners

Students take group photo for project with Bowling Green Public Works


Partner with us for Big Red's Blitz -  Thursday, August 21, 2014


What is Big Red's Blitz?

Every August, first-year students can start the semester early by participating in M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities the week before classes begin M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan stands for "Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding" Plan. The M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan participants "blitz" Bowling Green, providing four hours of service to local nonprofit agencies during the campus' largest community service event: Big Red's Blitz!

Volunteers, known as "Blitzers," are sent out into the community in groups, as small as five to as large as 50, to work alongside Big Red, Western Leaders, and fellow classmates completing various service projects. Whether they are sorting items at The Salvation Army, cleaning up local parks and wooded areas with Bowling Green Public Works, pulling invasive species at Lost River Cave, organizing building materials with Habitat for Humanity, or painting picnic tables at Potter Children's Home, Blitzers are choosing to "get off the bench" and engage in their community!

Big Red's Blitz has been a partnership event between Housing & Residence Life and the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships since 2004. The ALIVE Center works with the partners to coordinate the projects. HRL actively works to recruit students and plan the schedule of events for the day.  We would like to thank all of the organizations that have participated in Big Red’s Blitz in the previous years, and we look forward to gaining new partnerships this year. Nonprofit organizations and community groups have played a key role in the success of the event. If any community organization or agency is interested in becoming a project site for Big Red's Blitz, please contact Aurelia Spaulding at 270-782-0082 or aurelia.spaulding@wku.edu.

For information on student participation in Big Red's Blitz or M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, visit the Housing and Residence Life website. There you can find full details on student registration participation in the annual event. If you have any general questions about Big Red's Blitz and other M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities, please contact Blair Silliman at blair.silliman@wku.edu

Benefits to Partnering

Organizations that partner for Big Red's Blitz receive volunteer services for up to four hours. Partners have the opportunity to share information and promote their organizations. We often hear stories of students who continue to volunteer with organizations after Big Red's Blitz.Blitz also offers the opportunity to take part in collaboration with the university in the provision of meaningful experiences to students.

Project Details and Provider Instructions

Big Red's Blitz will take place on Thursday, August 21st. Students will meet for registration at 9:00am, and they will begin leaving WKU at 10:05am. Students will walk to projects within one mile from campus. Shuttles will transport students to projects further from campus. All students should arrive at project site by 10:25am. Shuttles will begin picking up students at 2:25pm. Lunch will be provided to students if not provided by the site.

Partners will...

Complete and submit the Partnership Participation Interest form by July 1st.Complete and submit the Project Site Information form August 1st. Communicate with the ALIVE Center regarding any questions regarding the project.Provide adequate staff or volunteers to assist with the project and supervise volunteers.Secure materials needed (paint, plants, mulch, building materials, etc.) by either purchasing them or seeking in-kind donations. Prepare a back-up project in case of rain. Complete the partnership evaluation after the project.


2014 Community Partners


American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Barren River Area Safe Space, Bowling Green International Festival 2014, Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society, Community Action of Southern Kentucky (GoTransit), Community Action of Southern Kentucky (Seniors), Crossland Community Church, Curbside Ministries, Disabilities Resources, Faith United Methodist Church, Habitat For Humanity ReStore, Habitat of Bowling Green/ Warren County, Hosparus Hospice of Southern Kentucky, HOTEL INC, Houchens Center, Housing Authority of Bowling (Grant Way), Housing Authority of Bowling Green (Double Springs), International Center of Kentucky, Lost River Cave, Natcher Elementary Family Resource Center, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Center, Operation P.R.I.D.E., RUF, South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block, The Center for Courageous Kids, The Foundry Christian Community Development Center, Village Manor, Warren Central High School, Wee Care Nursery, WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, WKU Child Care Centers, and WKU Habitat for Humanity.


Over the last 10 years, Big Red's Blitz Partners for site projects have included:

Abel Court Apartments, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, B.R.I.M.S., Barren River Area Development District, Barren River Area Safe Space, Barren River Health Department, Best Center for Independent Living, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky, Bowling Green Police Department, Boys & Girls Club, Capitol Arts, Bowling Green Towers, City of Bowling Green Public Works, Clinical Education Complex, Colonial Manor, Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Community Education, Dishman Elementary School, Family Enrichment Center, Forest Park Baptist Church, HOTEL INC, Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity- WKU Chapter, Habitat for Humanity-Restore, Helping Hands, Historic Preservation Board, Hope Harbor, Hope House, Housing Authority, Humane Society, International Center, International Festival, Kentuckiana Girl Scouts, Kentucky Library & Museum, Kids on the Block of South Central Kentucky, Lost River Cave, March of Dimes, McNeil Elementary, New beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Potter Children's Home, Pregnancy Support Center, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, United Way, Warren County Parks and Rec, Warren County Public Library, Warren County Rescue, Wee Care, and WKY Active Day Center.



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