Marshall University is preparing to welcome hundreds of volunteers to its campuses for its annual Community Cares Week: Giving Back to the Herd. All members of the #MarshallUFamily, including alumni, community members, students, faculty and staff, are invited to volunteer their time and effort to help make Marshall shine. The sweat equity event is slated for May 14-17.

Marshall University President Brad D. Smith says the event is about coming together for a common cause, the beautification and betterment of the university that so many hold dear.

“For the past two years, our campus and community have joined together to donate time and talents,” said Smith. “I am amazed and humbled at the response to this sweat equity event, which binds the Marshall family together and allows us all to work together and give time toward completing projects across our campus and in many other communities.”

In 2023, the number of volunteers surpassed the event’s inaugural year by more than 60% with a total of 724 people who pre-registered or walked up to volunteer, working 1,955 service hours. Additionally, there were approximately 100 staff members working anywhere from one shift to all nine leading projects, as well as a dozen staff or cabinet members serving lunches and drawing raffle prizes each day.

Members of the public are invited and welcome to volunteer. Those who serve will receive a t-shirt, enjoy a free lunch on the day they serve and be entered to win door prizes.

For more information or to fill out a volunteer form, visit

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