University of Scranton Alumni Join Together for ‘Day of Service’

03/03/14

Local University of Scranton alumni are joining alumni in California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland and several other states to participate in the fifth annual “Scranton Day of Service” on Saturday, March 22. Twelve Scranton alumni clubs from across the country will volunteer at 16 local service sites to fulfill the University’s Jesuit message to be “men and women for others.”

The “Scranton Day of Service” is part of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ (AJCU) National Jesuit Service initiative, and is open to alumni from other Jesuit colleges.

The Scranton Alumni Club of Northeast Pennsylvania will provide assistance to the Lackawanna Valley Heritage and State Heritage Authority. On the “Day of Service,” volunteers will remove debris from the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Scranton Alumni Club of Luzerne County will provide service to the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. At the Center, volunteers will help out in the cafeteria and participate in a bingo session with patients.

The Scranton Alumni Club of Southern California plan to volunteer at Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, Calif. The Jesuit-based organization provides former gang-involved men and women with free services, programs and job training. Volunteers will contribute to the Center’s vocational and transitional mission by sharing stories with members of the organization.

The Scranton Alumni Club of Lehigh Valley will volunteer at the Allentown Rescue Mission, which provides clothing, shelter, meals and chapel services to homeless men. Alumni will donate food, cook, clean and serve meals at the homeless shelter.

The Scranton Alumni Club of the Chesapeake will provide service at Health Care for the Homeless, Baltimore, Md. Volunteers will assist in the lunch service among other tasks.

 In addition, the Scranton Alumni Club of New England will assist Cradles to Crayons, Brighton, Mass. The Scranton Alumni Club of Northern California will serve meals and cleanup at St. Vincent De Paul Society, San Francisco, Calif. The Scranton Alumni Club of New Jersey will clean, garden and decorate at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center, Madison, N.J. The Scranton Alumni Club of New York will volunteer at Fordham University’s Muury-Weigel Residence, Bronx, N.Y., and the Harvest Café, Staten Island, N.Y. The Scranton Alumni Club of Philadelphia will volunteer at the Cathedral Kitchen, Camden, N.J., Pathways PA’s Center, Media, and at Robert Morris Elementary School, Philadelphia.  The Scranton Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., will volunteer at D.C. Central Kitchen, and The Scranton Alumni Club of the Midwest will volunteer at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Chicago, Ill.

For more information, or to register for the “Scranton Day of Service,” visit www.scranton.edu/dayofservice or contact Alexander Rizzi, regional engagement coordinator, at alexander.rizzi@scranton.edu or 570-941-4263.

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