Students Volunteer Off-Campus

 More than 1,500 University of Kentucky students got out of their dorms and into the Lexington community Monday as part of the annual UK FUSION service event. Junior Son Doan first heard about UK For Unity and Service in Our Neighborhoods, or FUSION, a couple of years ago as a freshman. The finance major spent his Monday afternoon painting a pavilion at the Living Arts and Science Center. 

"You get to make a lot of friends and enjoy the volunteer work. It's not that hard." 

Living Arts and Science Center Executive Director Heather Lyons also put students to work cleaning classrooms and installing a discovery exhibit. UK First Lady Mary Lynne Capilouto was there tending to the center's garden. 

"It's an amazing amount of work that is accomplished in this town on this one day, with all the UK students going into so many different non-profits. 

Lyons looks forward to UK FUSION every year. For non-profits like hers, Lyons says the extra help is a big deal. 

"We all rely on volunteers a lot throughout the year. And sometimes it's for one day kinds of situations, and other volunteers continue on with us throughout the weeks. All of those volunteers are precious and we appreciate them enormously." 

Now in its 9th year, UK FUSION sent out volunteers to more than 100 sites and non-profit agencies across Lexington.