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The Offices of Residence Life, Alumni Relations and the UD regional alumni clubs invite you to join them as they host UD Day of Service. All Blue Hens, friends and families are welcome attend one of the many locations on campus or off to make positive contributions to our communities.

At last year’s 3rd annual Campus Day of Service, more than 300 students participated in service activities across campus that benefitted over 20 local agencies; we hope to grow these numbers with the help of our alumni population.

This year, in addition to the service activity "hubs" that will be featured on campus, several other service-oriented volunteer projects have been organized throughout the country for UD alumni and friends. We hope you’ll join your local alumni club and your fellow Blue Hens at your local project. DARE TO SERVE!

Are you a student or live near campus? Click here to see a list of service "hubs" that will be set up around campus.

Day of Service Projects and Locations (click for more details)
Boston Alumni Club at the "Giving Factory" of Cradles to Crayons
Chicago Alumni Club Food Packing at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club Beach Clean-up at Dewey Beach
Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club at Food Bank in Milford
Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity
Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club at People's Place - Whatcoat Shelter in Dover
New York City Alumni Club at City Harvest Mobile Market
New Castle County Alumni Club at Castle Hills Park
Northern New Jersey Alumni Club at The Hoboken Shelter
Lancaster Alumni Club Blood Drive at the Lancaster General Health Blood Donor Center
Philadelphia Alumni Club Volunteer Workday at The Wildlife Clinic at The Schuylkill Center
Richmond Alumni Club at Healing Garden at Bon Secours Hospital
South Florida Alumni Club International Coastal Cleanup in Boca Raton
Washington D.C. Alumni Club at the American Red Cross
UD Alumni Association at the Campus Service Activity "Hub" at UD


Boston Alumni Club at Cradles to Crayons
Saturday, September 22, 10 am - 12 pm
Cradles to Crayons (155 North Beacon St., Brighton, MA 02135)

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. Cradles to Crayons collects new and like-new children's items. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

All groups coming for on-site volunteering are asked to also do a Product Drive, so even if you can't volunteer, you can still participate. Click here to let the Boston Alumni Club know if you can drop off an item at fellow Blue Hens' home on Sunday, September 16. If you can volunteer, click below and bring new or gently-used children’s' clothing, toys, or supplies with you on the day of the event. Feel free to also join us for a casual lunch afterwards at Deep Ellum (477 Cambridge St., Allston, MA). Please note, all volunteers must be 18 or older. Register now for this event.

Chicago Alumni Club Food Packing
Saturday, September 22, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
The Greater Chicago Food Depository (4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago)

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 140,000 meals every day. Join us as we help pack food for shipping and storage. Shorts and open-toed shoes are prohibited. Please note, all volunteers must be 13 or older. Register now for this event.

Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club Coastal Clean-up in Dewey Beach
Saturday, September 22, 10:30 am - 1 pm
Delaware Seashore State Park (Rt. 1 & Conquest Road, Dewey Beach)

Water, water everywhere describes Delaware Seashore State Park. Bounded on the east by the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, the 2825-acre park is a beach-goer's delight. Join Blue Hens to clean-up our adopted section of Dewey Beach in the Delaware Seashore State Park, along the Atlantic Ocean. Help preserve our coast line! All supplies will be provided. Register now for this event.

Kent and Sussex Counties Alumni Club at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford
Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am - 12 pm
Food Bank of Delaware Milford Warehouse (1040 Mattlind Way, Milford)

Volunteers will be packing senior meal boxes for the Food Bank of Delaware's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). CSFP is a USDA sponsored program that is designed to improve the health of low-income senior citizens. Food for CSFP is provided by the USDA's agency of Food and Nutrition and is available to Delaware residents at least 60 years old with qualifying incomes. Limited space is available, so register early. Volunteers will be standing most of the time so please wear comfortable footwear. Register now for this event.

Kent and Sussex Counties Alumni Club at Sussex Co. Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, September 22, 8:45 am - 3 pm
Sussex Co. Habitat for Humanity (exact location in Delaware TBA)

Help a family in need realize the dream of owning a decent, affordable home by volunteering your time. You do not need to be an expert in construction to help out on a work site. There are many tasks that require only a willingness to learn and work with others. To participate in active construction, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older. Please pack your lunch and a water bottle. Feel free to bring your own tools and work gloves. The work site location and other important volunteer information will be provided by UD the week before our project, once we are assigned a final location in Sussex County. Register now for this event.

Kent & Sussex Counties Alumni Club Serving Lunch at Whatcoat Shelter
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 am - 1 pm
People's Place - Whatcoat Shelter (3 Vera Way, Dover)

Please join us as we serve lunch at Whatcoat Shelter, a part of People's Place. Our volunteers will help the staff serve lunch to the families residing in the shelter. Please bring a few canned goods or other items to donate to their food pantry. People's Place is dedicated to becoming the agency of choice to help people find their path to growth and independence. They identify the social and mental health needs of Delaware residents and facilitate the provision of services to address those needs. We assist the people of our communities by providing high-quality services that promote: dignity, empowerment, independence, safety, self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Register now for this event.

Lancaster Alumni Club Blue Hen Blood Drive
Saturday, September 22, 9 am - 1 pm
Lancaster General Health (2106 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 202, Lancaster)

Every three seconds, someone needs blood. The demand for blood is greater today than ever before. Donated blood saves the lives of accident victims, those undergoing surgery and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases. On September 22, we’ll need alumni to be greeters during our blood drive, please register below. If you'd like be a blood donor please call 717-544-0170 to schedule an appointment or walk-in on September 22 during our hours. Giving blood only takes slightly under an hour. Drinks and food will be provided for all donors. Blood donors must be at least 16 years old (parental consent required). The minimum weight is 110 pounds. Help us hit our goal of 50 pints or come to meet & greet the individuals who are giving life to others! Register now for this event.

New Castle County Alumni Club at Castle Hills Park
Saturday, September 22 - Shift 1 at 9:00 am, Shift 2 at 1:00 pm
Castle Hills Park, 909 Moore’s Lane, New Castle)

Join NCC alumni as we spruce up a local ball field outside of the City of New Castle that needs TLC. We are painting in the park and NCC Department of Community Services will provide everything we need - paint, brushes, gloves, etc. We have morning and afternoon sessions – sign up for your choice(9 am – 12 pm or 1 – 4 pm). In between, join the other Blue Hens for a bit of lunch (BYOB or pay as we go) at a location to be determined. Children, ages 11 and up, are welcome with an adult. Wear work clothes that can get paint on them and dress for the weather. The mission of the NCC Department of Community Services is to provide a wide range of services to New Castle County residents and visitors that will strengthen families and individuals, build social capital, improve neighborhoods, and ensure places and spaces to live, learn, play, socialize, and recreate. Register now for this event.

New York City Alumni Club at City Harvest Mobile Market
Saturday, September 22, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Washington Heights Mobile Market (Dyckman St., between Nagle and 10th Ave.)

City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. We do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions. City Harvest has been providing nutritious food to under-served areas in these farmer’s market-style settings since 2005. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the Mobile Market goal for this year is to deliver 1,000,000 pounds of produce through these events. At the Mobile Market, we will distribute fresh produce in a green market setting free of charge to market attendees at the Washington Heights location. Mobile Markets take place outdoors, so it’s important to wear comfortable clothes that are weather appropriate. All participants must be over the age of 18. Register now for this event.

Northern New Jersey Alumni Club at The Hoboken Shelter
Saturday, September 22, 6 - 8 pm
The Hoboken Shelter (300 Bloomfield Street at 3rd, Hoboken)

The Hoboken Shelter’s mission is to be a community partnership that transforms lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, & services to support people to become housed. Our Blue Hen volunteers will be helping to prepare & serve dinner. The Hoboken Shelter is located on the ground floor of St. John’s Lutheran Church (entrance down the ramp on the 3rd St side). Street parking is available but you may have to look for a few minutes. The nearest parking garage is on Hudson Street between 2nd and 4th Streets. Register now for this event.

Philadelphia Alumni Club Volunteer Workday at The Wildlife Clinic
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am - 12 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia)

The mission of The Schuylkill Center is to promote, through environmental education, the preservation and improvement of our natural environment by: fostering appreciation, understanding and responsible use of the ecosystem; disseminating information on current environmental issues; encouraging appropriate public response to environmental problems and to maintain the facilities of The Schuylkill Center and conserve its land for the purpose of environmental education. Join us in maintaining the grounds around the Clinic and its outdoor rehabilitation and flight cages. Work includes invasive plant removal, trail clearing, and wood chipping of paths. Following the workday, enjoy a short wildlife presentation by Rick Schubert, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and some of his non-releasable educational animals. Coffee & donuts will be provided for volunteers, feel free to bring a water bottle for refills. Long pants and closed shoes are strongly recommended. We will provide all tools and gloves. Register now for this event.

Richmond Alumni Club Urban Agriculture Volunteer Workday
Saturday, September 22, 9 am - 1 pm
Healing Garden at Bon Secours Hospital (8260 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, VA)

Join fellow Blue Hens for a productive day at the Healing Garden at Bon Secours Hospital in Mechanicsville. The goal of garden is meant as a healing community garden where patients and staff and visitors can find respite in the serenity of the area. Volunteers will be helping with general garden maintenance, as well as compost work, mulching and filling planters. Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty and bring drinking water, sunscreen, hats, gardening gloves/tools if desired (gardening tools and cold drinks will also be provided). Register now for this event.

South Florida Alumni Club International Coastal Cleanup in Boca Raton
Saturday, September 22, 8 - 11 am
Spanish River Park (Pavilion #7, 3001 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton)

Help clean the beach and mangroves and collect data to educate people and create solutions to the problems of solid waste and litter. The mangroves are where the majority of the trash collects; however tree branches and roots make it more difficult to get around. We recommend beach cleaning for families/groups with small children (7 and under) and for anyone who struggles with balance or mobility. For mangrove cleaning, we require closed-toe, sturdy shoes; old sneakers are best; NO FLIP-FLOPS allowed! Bring: hat, sun screen, insect spray, your own refillable water bottle. Water fountains/coolers will be available within the park. The UD South Florida Alumni Club will organize a lunch for the group after the cleanup (individual pays). Register now for this event.

Washington D.C. Alumni Club at the American Red Cross
Saturday, September 22, 10 am - 2 pm

American Red Cross (7405 Lindbergh Dr., Gaithersburg, MD)
Join DC Blue Hens in preparing for national disaster relief with the Emergency and International Services (EIS) Department to prepare/assemble Function Needs Racks - mobile metal shelving units consisting of various functional needs, including supplies and equipment used by ARC volunteers in assisting with potential functional needs of clients in a disaster situation. Volunteers will assemble racks, place supplies on racks and install them into Red Cross trailers to be ready for the next potential disaster. The American Red Cross (ARC) in the National Capital Region, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people in our community prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other life-threatening emergencies. Register now for this event.

UD Alumni Association and NCC Alumni Club at UD Campus Service Activity "Hub"
Saturday, September 22, 12 - 4:30 pm
Independence Turf (by Pencader Dining Hall), David Hollowell Dr., Newark

Join alumni and students on main campus to participate in a service activity to benefit a local organization. The UD Alumni Association & New Castle County Alumni Club are sponsoring a service activity "hub" on Laird Campus, in addition to the other "hubs" organized by the Office of Residence Life. Alumni will join forces with UD students to create a craft project in support of a local organization. Free parking is available at Clayton Hall. Register now for this event.