With UCF's first-ever Day and Knight of Service right around the corner, students may want to get their Zs in now.
DAKOS is a 24-hour volunteer opportunity for UCF students who have what it takes to serve the community from 10 a.m. Saturday all the way until 10 a.m. Sunday.
Hosted by Volunteer UCF, the event will take place around the Orlando community as well as on the UCF campus. Students who attend will be volunteering for a total of 21 organizations, such as Autism Society of Greater Orlando, Give Kids the World, Dressed in Hope, Safe House and Volunteer UCF. Some of the activities include exercising with the youth, landscaping, sorting food, playing bingo, writing letters to Congress and making pillows.
"This is a great and unique opportunity for us as a community to come together and help make a difference," said VUCF student director Todd Currie in a press release. "We are hoping that this event can become a staple in our spring semester programming for years to come."
Participants should arrive at Lake Claire Saturday morning to begin the event. Lake Claire, where entertainment and food will be provided, will be the "home base" for the day shift and the party will move to Memory Mall during the Knight shift. Currie estimates between 250 and 300 volunteers to turn out for the event.
The UCF dance team RUKUS will be performing at 10:30 p.m., and the a cappella group, the Crescendudes, will perform at midnight. There will also be a DJ and music throughout the event. Students are encouraged to bring snacks, water and sleeping bags for naps in between events. During the day, all Lake Claire activities will be open to attendees, including the outside gym course and kayaks. VUCF will also rent equipment, including dodgeballs from the Recreation and Wellness Center.
The event is split up into six 4-hour shifts, and volunteers are encouraged to sign up in teams of 10 or more people. Each team member can pick his or her own shift, as long as five people from the team are volunteering at all times. If the team is fewer than 10 people, VUCF suggests signing up as an individual.
There are three categorized shifts: the day shift from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, the Knight shift from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday and the Superhero shift from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The day shift will aim to benefit off-campus organizations, for which there will be a car pool system for transportation. The Knight shift volunteers will remain on campus. To get the full experience, VUCF encourages participants to stay for the entire event.
"I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out overall, and just seeing the impact we're able to make through the project," Currie said. "We definitely have a lot of opportunity to make an impact through it."
Awards will be given at the end of the event with one based on attendance per team, one for most spirit and one for each team and individual who stays the entire 24 hours. Currie said the awards will most likely be VUCF swag and apparel, as well as gift cards to area locations.
Brogan Morris is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.