August 19, 2010

Local Organizations Grateful for University Volunteers

Case for Community Day 2008

During Case Western Reserve University’s annual Case for Community Day, hundreds of volunteers are dispatched around the Greater University Circle area for a half-day of service.

Administrators from organizations such as the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation say the volunteers do more than just spruce up grounds or organize paperwork. Their help provides a boost to local neighborhoods.

“All of us at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens can't thank CWRU enough for the generously helping us maintain this historic monument in Rockefeller Park,” said Bill Jones, a vice president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation. Since 2008, Case for Community Day volunteers have weeded plant beds, removed fallen branches, planted annuals and perennials, and picked up trash in the various cultural gardens near University Circle.

Case Western Reserve volunteers began helping out the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC) in 1998, several years before Case for Community Day became an official university event.

“The quality of the volunteers’ work has been wonderful,” said Wyonette Cheairs, a housing and program specialist for FRDC. “The volunteers are very energetic and eager to make a difference in the neighborhood.”

Students, faculty and staff can continue making a difference in the local community by volunteering for the 2010 Case for Community Day. This year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 17, will feature 50 on- and off-campus service projects. Learn more.

Both Jones and Cheairs say Case for Community Day volunteers can gain more than just the satisfaction of helping neighborhood organizations.

“This also introduces CWRU volunteers to an adjacent historic area that 99 percent have never been in before. It’s a real eye opener to see both the Gardens and the magnificent homes across the street.  Also, this helps volunteers learn more about the cultural heroes of the various nationality groups represented in the Gardens,” Jones said. 

Cheairs echoed those sentiments: “Case for Community Day is a great resource for our organization because it allows us to use volunteer labor to complete neighborhood projects. The funds we would have spent on labor to complete a project can be used on another project. And Case for Community Day is a great opportunity for both community building and building cultural competence, and for students to experience working in urban areas.  FRDC values our partnership with CWRU. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

Register online for a Case for Community Day service project.


Posted by: David Wilson, August 19, 2010 03:24 PM | News Topics:

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