Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Day of Service: "Change Lives"

The Bushes and Clintons encourage Yale alumni to register and volunteer for Day of Service, 2014 (Yale photo)

The Bushes and the Clintons have jumped on board Yale Day of Service. Yale president Peter Salovey '86 Ph.d. announced in mid-April that George H. W. Bush '48, George W. Bush '68 and Westchester residents Bill Clinton '73 JD and Hillary Clinton '73 JD are honorary chairs of the 2014 Day of Service, May 10.

"Their commitment and leadership inspire all of us to action to change lives,"  Salovey wrote in a e-mail to the Yale community.  "I'm deeply grateful for their willingness to chair this signature Yale program, and I hope many Yale alumni will follow their example."

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush took a moment to talk about Yale's historic involvement in community service and urged alumni around the world to step up and volunteer. Click YDoS-BUSH-CLINTON to see their video message to alumni.

In the U.S., there are scheduled service sites from Hawaii to New Hampshire.  Outside the U.S., there are sites from Argentina to Ghana and China.  Yale volunteers will clean up a creek in Alaska as part of a "Yale Stream Team."  Volunteers in Maine will work at a marine museum and at a botanical garden.  In Nashville and San Antonio, they will work at food banks.

Yale alumni will clean up beaches and parks in Toronto and Vancouver. They will organize a dodge-ball game for children in Hong Kong, read to kids in Germany, escort refugee children to a zoo in Zurich, and serve in a soup kitchen in Singapore.

Westchester won't be left behind.  Alumni families and friends can sign up now for one of four Westchester sites by clicking YDoS-WESTCHESTER.

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