U of M Alumni Association hosting annual Day of Service

October 12, 2016
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In the spirit of school pride and community service, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association invites Golden Gophers from coast to coast, along with their friends and families, to participate in the third annual U of M Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 15. In cities around the country, U of M graduates will gather to give back while connecting with fellow alumni.

“Our 466,000 alumni around the world can make a difference in their communities,” said Lisa Lewis, President and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. “The Alumni Association invites them to don their maroon and gold, gather and serve in their own neighborhoods.”

Loyal alumni support the U in many ways. The Day of Service is a chance for Gophers to make an impact on their communities. Eleven events will be featured throughout the Twin Cities, with 13 more taking place in cities across the U.S. ranging from New York City to Los Angeles, Chicago and more. The activities include volunteering at food banks; distributing personal care items to veteran patients; painting a Brooklyn, NY middle school; participating in forest restoration by removing invasive species, weeding, mulching and more. Many activities are open to family participation.

For a full list of U of M Day of Service events, including time, location and details on the activities, click here. Participants interested in attending can register by clicking on the location you would like and selecting “Register Here.”

Media are welcome to attend Day of Service events. Contact Samantha Massaglia—Alumni Association, massa022@umn.edu, 612-626-1457—in advance to facilitate logistics.

Local media opportunities include:

Saturday, October 15, 2016 — Open Arms in Minneapolis (9:30 a.m. - noon)

Meal Delivery: Volunteers meet at Open Arms for a brief overview of Open Arms and the meal delivery process. The volunteers break out into delivery teams, typically pairs or trios, to delivery to clients in the metro area.

Meal Prep and Packaging: Volunteers meet at Open Arms for a brief orientation and food safety overview prior to their shift. Volunteers get aprons and hairnets and wash up for the kitchen. Kitchen tasks typically include, but aren’t limited to chopping vegetables, packaging savory soups, scooping cookie dough and assembling meals in our state‐of‐the‐art kitchen. Chefs will be on hand to support the experience.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 — Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis (9:30 a.m. - noon)

Community clean-up: Volunteers will meet outside Brian Coyle Community Center. The center will welcome the volunteers and give a brief background on the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Project) and the West Bank Walks project. Volunteers will then work on a clean-up in Currie Park and branch out from there to nearby areas in the community.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 — Cookie Cart (1119 W. Broadway Ave.) in Minneapolis (1- 3 p.m.)

As groups of adult volunteers visit the kitchen, they’ll be working side- by-side with youth employees to scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies and assemble bakery boxes. Assisting with cookie production will give all an opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart, and share their story on how they found their specific career path.

 

Media Contacts

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Phone: 
(612) 293-0831
Email: 
unews@umn.edu
U News main line
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News Service
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Samantha Massaglia
Unit: 
Alumni Association
Phone: 
612-626-1457
Email: 
massa022@umn.edu