Community Service Day, April 20
April 5, 2018
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Community Service Day, the University of Baltimore’s campus-wide day of service, will be held on Friday, April 20. Volunteer sign-ups are now open.
This year, volunteer sites include:
- Jones Fall Clean-Up
- Baltimore Streetcar Museum
- CUPs Coffeehouse
- SAFE Alternative Foundation for Education
- Moveable Feast
- Urban Farming Association
- Meals on Wheels
- Project PLASE
- The Loading Dock
- American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Volunteers should arrive on Gordon Plaza at 9 a.m., ready to work for our local organizations and non-profits. Those willing to carpool will receive two parking vouchers for the Fitzgerald Garage Participants receive a T-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and ice cream—with the day concluding around 4 p.m.
A number of UB community members have offered their perspectives on Community Service Day:
"I have participated in UB's annual community service day for 10 years," says James Hale, budget manager in the Office of Facilities Management. "Each year I learn something new about the city, its local schools and businesses, and the people they serve. I've pulled weeds at the Maryland Zoo and the SPCA, planted a garden with students, helped build flower pots at CUPs Coffeehouse, cleaned streetcars at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, and many other things. Each place I visit is extremely grateful for the service we provide. More important than this service is what we learn. I now know that the Family Tree helps prevents child abuse, CUPs provides jobs and workforce development for local youth, and Margaret Brent Elementary School is teaching children about where food comes from. It’s an honor to serve with my colleagues and students as we give back to the community."
"Last year, after Community Service Day, I started a backyard garden," says graduate student Sonce Reese. "I planted several items including caladiums, cucumbers, ivy, calla lilies, and a lemon seed. They all grew and were healthy. Two of my plants, the ivy and the lemon seed are still thriving."
"This will be my first Community Service Day ever, and I am excited that I have the opportunity to serve as a site leader for the American Cancer Society Lodge," says undergraduate student Jessica Graham. "Community service has been a huge component of my life since I was 12. I was always volunteering whether it was for my school, local library, and other miscellaneous areas, I was always willing to help out. As an orientation leader and student supervisor, I'm sure I will be able to practice my leadership throughout this upcoming event, and connect with the other volunteers."
If you have any questions about Community Service Day, contact the event organizer:
CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA
University of Baltimore Campus Pantry Organizer