Needed: Case Western Reserve University Spartans of all ages for the sixth annual Case for Community Day on Friday, September 19. Requirements include time to volunteer for an afternoon of serving the needs of campus neighbors and community organizations.
Coordinated by the Center for Community Partnerships, a volunteer force of nearly 600 hundred people are being sought from campus to serve the needs of the local community during this rewarding day of service.
The event begins with a free Italian lunch menu and short program led by President Barbara Snyder at 11 a.m. in the Thwing Student Center and continues throughout the afternoon at volunteer sites across the city. The day concludes about 4 p.m. with an outdoor barbecue complete with live music performed by Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell & the Footprints Jazz Trio along with Carlos Jones & the Plus Band on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Demonstrating their commitment to social responsibility and Case Western Reserve, Bon Appétit will donate the foods and services for lunch for all volunteers.
Each year Case for Community Day features a variety of campus and community projects for volunteers to select.
One includes a highly visible project with local artist Hector Vega, who will redesign a public mural at the University Circle Rapid Transit Station located at the bottom of Cedar Hill. Sponsored by Sherwin Williams and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), a battalion of 100 volunteers will help Vega paint the new mural comprised of 34 six-foot panels.
In addition, the nearby park will receive a facelift with fresh paint, new landscaping, benches and picnic tables. A community garden will be established in the park for local residents and students living on the south side of campus. All materials for the mural and park are being donated by Sherwin Williams, RTA and landscaping partners of Case Western Reserve.
"Case for Community day is a wonderful event that brings our campus and its neighbors together. I applaud all of the volunteers who have been involved in previous years, and encourage everyone to take part in the activities this September 19," said Snyder.
Volunteers are needed for more than 50 service projects to assist in tasks identified by community agencies.
For individuals unable to leave campus or their work areas, they can contribute through campus drives for school supplies for local school children, canned goods for the Cleveland Foodbank and blood for the American Red Cross.
The campus can view a complete list of service opportunities beginning today and register as a volunteer. Registration closes on Friday, September 12, 2008.
Created by the Staff Advisory Council in 2002, Case for Community Day also launches the university's annual Charity Choice Campaign to raise money for a federation of nonprofit organizations comprised of United Way, Earth Shares and Community Shares agencies. Since 2001, the university has donated nearly $1 million to the community. The campaign will continue through November.
As a new addition to the day's activities, Snyder will announce the winners of community service grants sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships. Campus members are encouraged to apply for funding for upcoming community service initiatives in 2008-09. Download the application. The deadline is September 2, 2008.
Case Western Reserve University offers over 500 community outreach programs to nearly 600 community partners in the areas of academic, health, social service, community and economic development. As a campus, Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students invest approximately 400,000 hours of volunteer service each year; impact nine local school districts and 29 international countries. To learn more about how the university is engaged in the community, contact the Center for Community Partnerships at (216) 368-3909 or visit the Web site.
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