INDIANAPOLIS (July 7, 2011) – The most popular volunteer opportunity for more than 1,000 FFA members in Indianapolis for October’s 84th National FFA Convention now has the eleven Central Indiana locations lined up for the 2011 service activity.
The FFA National Days of Service (NDoS) is one of the most sought-after events for FFA members attending the largest youth education convention in the United States. The program often reaches capacity within days of the opening of registration. 1,020 spots will be open for FFA members to give their time in a volunteer opportunity that also doubles as an educational activity related to agriculture education.
"Since we took on this annual service project, FFA members from across the country have embraced the opportunity with impressive dedication and a sincere desire to help several areas of the city they’re visiting," said FFA’s Kelsey Walls, leader of the National Days of Service program. "This is truly an opportunity for them to both serve as leaders as well as learn new about areas they may be unfamiliar with."
Eleven non-profit organizations have been selected as destinations for FFA members participating in the service activity that started when FFA brought it’s annual national gathering to the Circle City in 2006. A record 54,942 FFA members, advisors, sponsors and supporters attended 2010’s 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis with events held in several different venues including Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Stadium.
Sponsored by CSX, the 2011 National FFA Days of Service runs two days – Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday Oct. 21, 2011. Three service activities – including hosts Damar Services, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., and Indy Parks – will be featured solely on Thursday, Oct. 20. Joy’s House, Second Helpings, St. Vincent De Paul – Pantry and Strides to Success will be featured Friday, Oct. 21. Four NDoS host sites, including Gleaners Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Jameson Camp and Maplelawn Farmstead will feature FFA members both days.
To help coordinate this terrific project that assists many areas of need in the Indianapolis area, FFA is also looking for volunteers to serve as Site Liaisons. For those interested assisting with FFA’s National Days of Service, please either call 317-802-4215 or email email@example.com.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members (and counting)—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. Follow National FFA on Facebook, Twitter and FFA Nation. Visit www.FFA.org to learn more about the National FFA Organization.