Sunday, February 2, 2014

Yale Day of Service: Save That Date

Yale Day of Service is scheduled for May 10 this year.  Last year in Westchester, Maggie Favretti (top left) helped direct activities at the community garden in Scarsdale.  Jennifer Sheehy '89 (top right) helped with puppy-adoption packets at the animal shelter in Briarcliff Manor, while others assisted with kitten socialization


Planners for the annual Yale Day of Service have kicked off the program for 2014.  Yale Day of Service will be held Saturday, May 10 at sites around the world.  Save the date, organize a volunteer site, and participant.

On that day, alumni everywhere volunteer in community-service projects they choose. They join other Yale alumni, classmates, and roommates in a concerted effort to make a difference.  And they get to wear Yale caps, Yale sweatshirts and anything Yale blue in service to their communities.

This year marks the sixth year of the Yale program. Lisa Chapman '81 MBA is the Day of Service volunteer chair. Last year at over 200 sites around the world in 16 countries and over 30 states, over 3,500 volunteered. Yale alumni and families built houses, cleaned up parks, served in food shelters, tutored children, and much more.

YWAA has spearheaded Day of Service programs in Westchester that have included sprucing up a state park, working in community gardens, and tending to animals in a shelter. Any alumni group can step up to arrange a community activity for that day with assistance from AYA, Day of Service leaders, and YWAA. YWAA board member Suzanne Burger '82 is Club Coordinator for Westchester activities. Board member Susan Kaminsky '86 is also helping to encourage activity in Westchester this spring.

For more about Yale Day of Service around the world, click YDoS.  For more about some of last year's activities in Westchester, click YWAA-DoS. Dates to remember? Feb. 24 is the final date to submit community projects and plans.  Registration to participate starts in early Mar. May 10 is V-Day, or the special day to volunteer donned in Yale blue, Yale caps, wearing that old Ezra Stiles College touch-football t-shirt.


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