News Release

U of M Alumni Association announces sixth annual Day of Service


In the spirit of school pride and community service, U of M alumni across the globe, along with their friends and families, will participate in the sixth annual University of Minnesota Day of Service on Saturday, Sep. 28. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) offers the event each year at the request of alumni who want opportunities to make a difference in their communities through acts of service.

“Every day, University of Minnesota alumni use the world-class education they received at the U to strengthen their communities,” said Lisa Lewis, President and CEO of the UMAA. “The Alumni Association is proud to host Day of Service, which gives alumni the opportunity to don their maroon and gold and serve their communities together. Thanks to the dedication and effort of these talented volunteers, Day of Service impact has grown every year since it launched. We are excited to see its impact grow again this year.” 

Since its inception in 2014, Day of Service has been widely embraced by the University of Minnesota community, growing in participation by more than 150% in the last four years alone. 

This year, projects will include the first collaboration with a business:  WOODCHUCK USA. The Minneapolis-based manufacturer of wood products founded by U of M alumni will lead volunteers in assisting with gardening and landscaping activities at Lyndale Park Gardens. 

Other Day of Service projects range from group collaborations to service efforts by individuals. Multiple group events will be offered throughout the Twin Cities, with more taking place in cities across the country and the globe including Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. International group projects will take place in Pantai Bagan Lalang, Malaysia and Tokyo, Japan. Individual projects are also planned in Greece and Saudi Arabia. 

Day of Service participants will re-purpose and repair computers for use in schools, remove invasive species from river shorelines, plant shrubs and wildflowers, landscape public parks, pick up trash, serve food to those in need, and more. 

For a full list of U of M Day of Service events, including time, location and details on the activities, visit ( Many of the activities offered are open to family participation.

About the U of M Alumni Association
Founded in 1904, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association ignites success by connecting alumni with each other, supporting student success, and advancing the University of Minnesota. The Alumni Association advocates for the University and its alumni with a credible, independent, and collaborative voice. Members make Alumni Association programs strong and ensure that all 493,000 alumni of the Twin Cities campus share a sense of belonging to our vibrant global community of learners, makers and doers. Learn more at or call 612-624-2323 or 800-862-5867.


Note: Media are welcome to attend Day of Service events. Optimal media opportunities include:

1. Minnesota Computers for Schools (9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.)

504 Malcolm Avenue SE
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Minnesota Computers for Schools recycles and repairs donated computers and re-purposes them to provide technology access and skills training to people who need it most. Volunteers will assist with tasks like testing computers, installing memory and hard drives, sorting parts for recycling, helping with inventory, and organizing inventory in the warehouse. 

Day-of site contact:  
Andrea Hanson 
[email protected]

2. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (Lyndale Park Gardens) (10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m). *Project led by WOODCHUCK USA*

Lyndale Park Gardens
4124 Roseway Road
Minneapolis, MN 55409

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board exists to provide places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment. Volunteers will assist with gardening and landscape activities at Lyndale Park Gardens. 

Day-of site contact:
Stephanie Klein

3. University - YMCA (10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m).

1801 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Volunteers will decorate and pack duffel bags for youth entering foster care. 

Day-of site contact:
Patti Neiman

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