Feb. 19, 2020
Service is a cornerstone of Spartan values, and our MSU alumni clubs are a vital part of spreading the spirit of giving back to their local communities. Our club leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and take different paths to becoming involved with alumni in their areas. When Spartans engage with alumni clubs, they often align themselves with MSU values, including service and create projects that truly make an impact in their communities.
Paul Quirke has served as both president and vice president of the Indy Spartans for a total of over six years of service in leadership roles. Paul says that, “Serving has strengthened our club by involving Spartans that were not previously engaged or prefer this type of activity versus a game watch or other social event. It has also allowed more families to get involved, and I know that many want to show their children the value of service.”
The Indy Spartans have been involved with a variety of service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Gleaners Food Bank, and many more! Paul says that his favorite service project was with Habitat for Humanity. “We had about 25 Indy Spartans participating with various skill sets. Our task that day was landscaping and completing a shed. The house was complete, but when they built the house they forgot to put in the proper drainage around the foundation. This fact was presented to us halfway through our work. This involved digging a trench around the entire house and making the house waterproof. Everyone knew it needed to be done. Nobody grumbled, as this was going to be more labor intensive, and everyone pitched in to get the project done correctly so it would be perfect for the family. It was great seeing everyone work together for someone else’s benefit.” Paul also says that the Indy Spartans like to assist a variety of organizations in various areas of Indianapolis; choosing projects in different parts of the city helps with club membership and engagement level.
Alumni clubs like the Indy Spartans and leaders like Paul show just how much of a difference can be made in a local community when Spartans rally together for a common cause. If you are interested in serving your own communities, consider taking part in this year's Global Day of Service on April 18, 2020.
As part of the Spartans Serve Initiative, Global Day of Service gives Spartans the chance to carry on our proud tradition of service and to demonstrate what Spartans can do in a single day.