The Case Western Reserve University campus has an opportunity to pay it forward when hundreds of volunteers give their time to make a difference during Case for Community Day on Friday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The annual campus-wide day of service begins at 11 a.m., with registration in Thwing Center atrium, followed by lunch and a short program at 11:30 a.m. in the ballroom. At noon, volunteers will board buses or walk to volunteer sites on and off campus to work until 4 p.m. The day concludes with a social and music on the oval at Kelvin Smith Library.
The university event is a collaboration of the Offices of the President and the Provost, University Relations, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, University Programs and Events, Facilities Services, School of Graduate Studies, University Marketing and Communications, Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Staff Advisory Council and the campus’ Charity Choice Federation representatives.
The Staff Advisory Council established the Case for Community Day in 2002 as a way for the campus community to connect with its area neighborhoods in a meaningful way.
All university staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends can participate. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to staff 50 projects. Activities range from the on-campus project of Paint Me Happy to create colorful caps for cancer patients staying at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to sprucing up and landscaping the playground at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center in East Cleveland in support of the Social Justice Alliance to help East Cleveland.
Volunteers also have the option of volunteering through a number of drives from donating blood to the American Red Cross to dropping off school supplies for neighborhood children.
The day also launches the university’s Charity Choice campaign, the fundraising drive to support United Way organizations and other nonprofits of choice.
People on campus give hundreds of thousands of hours of community service throughout the year, but Case for Community day gives the campus an opportunity to unite and tackle big and small projects in one day that can have a lasting impact for the community or nonprofit organizations.
Case for Community Day is generously sponsored by Bon Appetit, Cisco, Hopkins Transportation Service, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Sherwin Williams.
Registration for Case for Community Day opens Mon., Aug. 23. Go online for information.
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