August 25, 2006

Fourth annual "Case for Community Day" September 13

Over 400 volunteers needed for community service projects

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On September 13, over 400 Case Western Reserve University staff, faculty and students will spend part of the day devoting time to community service projects during the university's fourth annual "Case for Community Day."

Volunteers will have 47 service projects to choose from, such as landscaping several neighborhood homes; writing postcards to retired/injured military personnel recuperating at the Veteran Administration's Hospital; a food drive collection for the Cleveland Foodbank; and creating "hope totes" for children in crisis currently residing at Providence House. Online registration for projects begins August 28.

"This is an exciting day for the campus as we demonstrate our commitment to our local community," says Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D. "Our goal is to fulfill each and every community service request submitted by our neighbors. We hope you will be able to participate in this important extension of our partnership with our neighbors and the city of Cleveland."

Since the inaugural Case for Community Day in 2002, nearly 1,400 people from the campus community have invested 5,600 hours of volunteer service, benefiting hundreds of non-profit organizations.

As part of Case for Community Day, the university will also highlight other ways the university engages with the community as a good neighbor. At this year's kick-off event, the university will launch the annual Charity Choice campaign—a fundraising drive that allows the campus community to donate charitable funds to agencies of United Way, Community Shares and Earth Shares. Since this program's inception, the university has donated close to $1 million through Charity Choice. In addition, President Eastwood will make a major announcement about the university's partnership to increase access and technology to the local community. Also, a message about the university being a green campus and industry leader in energy conservation will be shared.

Originally created by the university's Staff Advisory Council's Community Service Committee, Case for Community Day is sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships, with the support and collaboration of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Bon Appetit, the Staff Advisory Council and Campus & Facilities Services. For more information or to learn how to register visit the Case for Community Day Web site at http://www.case.edu/events/cfc/.

For more information: Kimyette Finley 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, August 25, 2006 03:16 PM | News Topics: Community Outreach, Events, HeadlinesMain

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