Save the Date: Royals Give Back on Saturday March 21, 2015

The Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement is pleased to announce that on Saturday, March 21, 2015, The University of Scranton will celebrate our annual Alumni Day of Service.  Through meaningful service projects hosted by Scranton alumni, this initiative engages alumni, parents and friends from around the nation in shared service that demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education.  This is your chance to be “men and women for others”.  Alumni, parents, family, friends and current students are welcome to join!

You can help us by volunteering to coordinate a service project site in your region!

For more information, or if you would like to serve as a site coordinator, please contact Marge Gleason, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement at



*Deadlines to have service projects set are Friday, January 30, 2015*

**Below is a listing of the 2014 service projects

    The Scranton Alumni Club of the Chesapeake

  • Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore, MD
    • Volunteers will be making and distributing lunches to members of Baltimore's homeless population. We will meet at Healthcare for the Homeless to distribute lunches, join clients during meals for friendly conversation and direct them to their appointments within the facility. 

      Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy, and community engagement. In Baltimore, HCH delivers pediatric, adult, and geriatric medical care, mental health services, social work and case management, addiction treatment, dental care, vision assistance, HIV services, outreach, services, supportive housing, and access to education and employment for thousands of City residents. HCH ensures similar services statewide through grants and technical assistance to partner agencies in the City of Frederick and Montgomery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties.

      Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) 

      Location: 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD

      Miscellaneous information: Volunteers are needed to prepare meals prior to distribution. Please contact Jonathan Forte, for more information if you are willing to assist with meal preparation prior to the event.

      Alumni contact: Jonathan Forte '07,

      Number of volunteers required: 5 to 10

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Lehigh Valley

  • Allentown Rescue Mission in Allentown, PA
    • Donate food for breakfast, cook, serve and clean up for homeless men at the mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Allentown. Two shifts of meals will be served.

      The Allentown Rescue Mission has been serving the needs of the homeless and needy in the Lehigh Valley for more than 100 years. The Mission provides rescue, rehabilitation and restoration for homeless men in crisis.

      Time of service project: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Location: 355 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA

      Miscellaneous information: Volunteers will help with the purchase of food for meals for about 55-60 men and complete a little food prep prior to the event, i.e., peeling and cubing of potatoes. On the day of the event, our group will arrive at 8:00 a.m., cook meals, serve two shifts: one at 10:00 a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m.; do some minor clean up and finish around noon. All volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer form and bring to the event.

      Alumni contact: David Erdman '81,

      Number of volunteers required: 8

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of New England

  • Cradles to Crayons in Brighton, MA
    • Volunteers will be sorting through donations and will participate in other various tasks.

      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. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Click here for more information

      Time of service project: 10:00 a.m.

      Location: 155 North Beacon St. Brighton, MA

      Miscellaneous information: All volunteers must also register through this link in addition to registering here. *Please email Tara Cleary prior regisering via this link.  She will provide you with the necessary code to do so.

      Alumni contact: Tara Cleary '04,

      Number of volunteers required: 5

  • The Scranton Alumni Club of New Jersey

  • Kirby Center at YMCA in Madison, NJ
    • Volunteers will be helping with property clean up, gardening, beautification and spring decorating.

      The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is a state-renowned child care and development center that offers curriculum based, comprehensive childcare and early childhood educational programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. 

      Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Location: 54 East Street Madison, NJ 07940

      Miscellaneous information: wear normal clothes, something that could get dirty.

      Alumni contact: Jim Costello '10,

      Number of volunteers required: 10 to 20

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of New York

  • Fordham University in Bronx, NY
    • Volunteers will participate in Mass at 11:30 a.m.), lunch, playing bingo and engaging in conversation at Fordham University, Murray-Weigel Jesuit Community.

      Murray Weigel Hall is the former Apostleship of Prayer Building, now the infirmary building for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of the New York Province. Many students offer their time for the service of the infirm living on the edge of the University Campus here on Fordham Road.

      Time of service project: 11:00 a.m.

      Location: 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY - GPS address is 2691 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY

      Alumni contact: John Gownley '06,

      Number of volunteers required: 10 to 15

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  • Harvest Café in Staten Island, NY
    • After Hurricane Sandy, there was a lot of damage done to the Harvest Café. We are looking to restore it to its pre-storm condition by sanding and painting. We are also looking to build planters in the front area to protect newly planted trees and add some plants in order to beautify the exterior of the café.

      The mission of A Very Special Place is to empower people with developmental disabilities to lead fuller lives through comprehensive programs and services offering guidance, support, and opportunities for achieving independence, self-fulfillment and full community inclusion. One of the agency’s newest programs is The Harvest Café - a full service restaurant certified as a training site for individuals with developmental disabilities who want to learn new skills with first-hand experience in the food service industry in a distinctive environment. Under the guidance of agency staff, individuals with developmental disabilities participate in activities at the Café that help them to achieve the goals that are important to them.

      Time of service project: 10:00 a.m.

      Location: Harvest Café, 694 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY

      Miscellaneous Information: Café will be open during project. Lunch will be available.

      Alumni contact: Laura Shea Delin '99,

      Number of volunteers required: 10

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Northeast Pennsylvania

  • Lackawanna Valley Heritage Trail in Scranton, PA
    • Volunteers will clean up on the trail by removing debris, etc.

      The Lackawanna Valley Heritage and State Heritage Authority is a non-profit organization that partners with government, business, civicorganizations to develop the regions historical, cultural, economic, and natural resources.

      Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (volunteers will assemble at the below location at the specified time)

      Location/meeting place: At the Broadway Street Trial Head (South Side Sports Complex Broadway Street between 3rd Avenue & South Washington Avenue. GPS Latitude 41.404352 Longitude -75.672704)

      Miscellaneous information: Volunteers should be attired for outdoor activity, to include layered clothing sturdy footwear and work gloves.

      Alumni contact: Charles Cleveland '84,

      Number of volunteers: 15 to 20

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Northern California

  • St. Vincent De Paul Society in San Francisco, CA
    • Volunteers will help with the preparation of the dinner service. Tasks may include: checking meal tickets, serving trays, prepping trays, bussing trays back/forth for disabled guests, handing trays directly to our guests, maintaining clean tables, helping sort trash, pouring beverages, helping sweep/mop the dining area at the end of the shift.

      St. Vincent De Paul Society works to overcome poverty, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence.

      Time of service project: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

      Location: 525 5th Street, San Francisco, CA (at Bryant). Metered parking and 2-hour unmetered parking available on Bryant between 6th & 5th Streets. Parking garage available on 5th between Bryant & Harrison Streets.

      Miscellaneous information: Required attire: loose/comfortable clothing that covers arms and legs (no shorts, skirts, dresses, sleeveless shirts, flip-flops, sandals or heels). Close-toed, non-slip, rubber-soled shoes. Long hair must be tied back. Every volunteer needs to read, complete, date, and sign-off on the appropriate pages of the volunteer handbook which should be submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator upon arrival.  Everyone needs to be aged 18+

      Alumni contact: Keri Avellini-Donohue '94,

      Number of volunteers required: 10 – 12

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Philadelphia, PA

  • Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, NJ
    • Volunteers are needed at Cathedral Kitchen to help with meal service, dining room setup, serve dinner guests, clean tables, chairs, floor and take out trash after meal service.

      Cathedral Kitchen is Camden’s largest soup kitchen and food provider. See for detailed information.

      Location: 1514 Federal St., Camden, NJ 08105

      Time of service project: 11:30 a.m. - 1: 30 p.m.

      Miscellaneous information: Please read the Dress Code and the list of items that are needed to bring to this shelter.

      Alumni contact: Pat McKenzie '06,

      Number of volunteers required: 5

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  • PathWays in Media, PA
    • Volunteers will be helping with maintenance work at the PathWays PA Learning Center playground; sorting and organization of donated items in storage.

      Fifty or more persons reside at PathWays PA's center at any given time. The Center for Families staff promotes education, teaches parenting and life skills, fosters self-esteem and moves women towards attainment of their life goals, family well-being and self-sufficiency. The CFF also promotes the healthy physical, emotional and social development of children through early childhood development programs; enrollment and maintenance of school aged children in the local school system; as well as summer activities and an afterschool homework club hosted by volunteer teachers.

      Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

      Location: 519 Station Road, Media, PA 19063

      Miscellaneous information: Dress to work outdoors. Tasks and assignments may change depending on weather.

      Alumni contact: Christine Falcone '08,

      Number of volunteers required: 10

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  • Robert Morris Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA
    • This event will take place at the Robert Morris public elementary school in the Brewerytown neighborhood of North Philadelphia.  It is directed at school children and their parents and will include a number of science education tables in the schoolyard, as well as the cleanup of trash and recyclables in areas adjacent to the school.

      The mission of the Robert Morris School is to provide an educational environment that facilitates and fosters academic excellence, responsible citizenship and solid value systems. Robert Morris is a K to 8 public schools in the Brewerytown neighborhood of North Philadelphia, and has mostly an African-American student body. We nurture life long learners who will continuously strive towards their personal best in their school, community and world. We develop creative and academically proficient students with a solid self-constitution, and upstanding moral character. We endeavor to instill qualities that will carry them through the transition from nurtured children to well rounded intelligent independent adults.

      Time of service project: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (cleanup will start at 11:00 a.m.)

      Location: 2600 W. Thomson St. Philadelphia, PA

      Miscellaneous information: Parking is available at the school.  Questions regarding the science educational component can be directed to Garth Conor '76 (email below)

      Alumni contact: Garth Connor '76, CONNOR.GARTH@EPA.GOV

      Number of volunteers required: 5 to 7

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Southern California

  • Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA
    • Volunteers will assist Homeboy Industries as part of their vocational/transitional mission. This is a service of presence project in which volunteers will speak with and share stories with members of the organization.

      Jesuit-based vocational/transitional training center in Los Angeles; Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.

      Time of service project: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Location:  130 Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA

      Miscellaneous information: The Homegirl Cafe will provide a lunch for volunteers after the event. Carpooling can be arranged as well.

      Alumni contact: Jason Bryce Rush '93,

      Number of volunteers required: No limit established

  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Washington, DC

  • DC Central Kitchen in Washington, DC
    • Volunteers will help with meal preparation; help DC Central Kitchen staff prepare more than 5,000 meals each day by cutting, chopping, and peeling thousands of pounds of food.

      DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding food systems through social enterprise.

      Time of service project: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (please arrive at least 15 minutes early for orientation)

      Location: 425 2nd Street NW, Washington, DC (Judiciary Square Metro)

      Miscellaneous information: Volunteers must wear long pants (no pajama pants or spandex) and closed-toed shoes (no sandals), and may not wear tank tops, exposed midriff tops or high heels. All volunteers must be at least 12 years old.

      Alumni contact: Joy Oliver '02,

      Number of volunteers required: 10

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  • Food Assistance Center in Arlington, VA
    • Volunteers will help bag oatmeal, rice and beans and do other behind-the-scenes tasks at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

      The Arlington Food Assistance Center is a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents in need.

      Time of service project: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (please arrive at least 15 minutes early)

      Location: 2708 South Nelson Street, Arlington, VA

      Miscellaneous information: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and should dress in layers, as the warehouse is often chilly.

      Alumni contact: PJ Tabit '10,

      Number of volunteers required: 5

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  • The Scranton Alumni Club of Luzerne County – SUNDAY, MARCH 23

  • Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA
    • Volunteers will be helping out in the cafeteria/kitchen, to conducting a bingo with/for some of the elderly VA patients.

      The VA Medical Center Wilkes-Barre has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation for over 50 years. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available but not limited to veterans living in 18 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in New York.

      Time of service project: 12:30 p.m. (meet at main entrance by 12:15 p.m.); Mass: 1:00 p.m.; Bingo: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
      NOTE: This service project will be held on Sunday, March 23

      Alumni contact: Paul Batyko '05, 

      Number of volunteers required: 10 to 20

  • The Scranton Alumni Club of the Midwest – SUNDAY, MARCH 23

  • Lincoln Park Community Shelter in Chicago, IL
    • Volunteers will be donating and preparing breakfast for the residents.

The Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS) is a comprehensive social service agency serving adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness. Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the LPCS has been providing shelter and other basic needs to our homeless neighbors for 28 years. Today, the LPCS provides interim housing, meals, and a targeted array of social services to over 300 people each year.

      Time of service project: 
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
      NOTE: This service project will be held on Sunday, March 23

600 W. Fullerton Parkway, 
Chicago, IL

      Miscellaneous information: The site is located 3.5 blocks east from the Fullerton Red/Brown line stop

      Alumni contact: 
Lauren Hahn '11,

      Number of volunteers required: 
5 to 15 volunteers

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Questions? Contact Marge Gleason, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement, at