In April, The University of Scranton Alumni Relations Office, in collaboration with several regional clubs, took part in a Day of Service. Through meaningful projects open to all Scranton alumni, the initiative engages graduates across the nation in shared service that demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education. On April 13, there were nine service projects throughout the country as a part of this initiative. Additionally, other service projects took place on April 6, 14 and 20 to make up a total of 12 sites for the year, with more than 110 alumni volunteers participating!
The service sites were scattered throughout the country from Boston, Mass., where Scranton alumni assisted the St. Francis Soup Kitchen with food preparation and serving breakfast, to the needy to alumni in Marietta, Ga., who helped clean up a running trail. In addition, there were a few alumni in Fairfield, Iowa, who helped with a cleanup on a local lake trail.
In Baltimore, Md., several alumni assisted with an Ignatian 5k Race, while in the Lehigh Valley alumni helped the Hispanic Center stock and reorganize shelves. Alumni in Brooklyn, N.Y., worked hand in hand with Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens to build a tranquility garden for the elderly. There were two sites in Philadelphia this year, one at the Drueding Center where alumni painted office and residential buildings, while across the city other Scranton alumni assisted the St. James Episcopal School in completing yard work and some neighborhood cleanup. Scranton volunteers in the Wilkes-Barre area were busy at the St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen assisting in food preparation and serving food to the clientele. New Jersey alumni were represented in Maplewood as volunteers helped revitalize a park in the South Mountain Reservation.
Lastly, the University had two service sites right in its backyard. The Scranton Club of NEPA worked with volunteers from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority to complete a river trail cleanup. This was followed by university students and alumni working on a beautification project in downtown Scranton.
To see our alumni in action, click here for photos.
For more information, or to coordinate a site next year, contact Alex Rizzi '12 at firstname.lastname@example.org.