Purdue students giving back to community with Boiler Blast

March 29, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Several hundred Purdue students will don work clothes and fan out into the community Saturday (April 2) as part of the annual Boiler Blast.

The students are giving back to the community in a one-day, campus-wide day of service, according to Boiler Blast President Kaitlyn Salpietro, a senior from Whiteland, Ind.

In 2010 more than 1,000 students volunteered for Boiler Blast and Salpietro is hoping for a similar turnout this year.

Participants will be doing clean-up and fix-up work at 86 locations throughout Tippecanoe County. The jobs range from washing windows in individual homes to cleaning along the banks of the Wabash River.

The students will gather on the Memorial Mall for breakfast followed by a kick-off presentation. They will board buses at 11 a.m. and be transported to their work sites, returning at 2 p.m.

Salpietro says she took the leadership position with Boiler Blast after being inspired as a volunteer last year.

"We are guests in the Greater Lafayette community, and this is a chance for students to say thank you for making us feel welcomed," she said.

Writer: Mike Piggott, 765-494-9386, piggott@purdue.edu

Source: Kaitlyn Salpietro, ksalpiet@purdue.edu