Mount Union Alumni Volunteer for Alumni Day of Service
June 30, 2009
Through an initiative proposed by Alumni Council, Mount Union College alumni from coast to coast gathered to participate in the first organized National Day of Service.
“We have been overwhelmed with the support of the idea, and so very thankful to those alumni across the country that have led projects and participated in their local communities,” said Anne (Zimmer ’95) Graffice, director of alumni and college activities. “We are very proud of the tradition of service that Mount Union has exemplified over the years, and we are thrilled that the idea was met with such enthusiasm.”
Alumni across the country organized projects in their geographic areas with fellow Mount graduates to share in a day of service in their own communities. This allowed alumni to choose what best fit the needs of their communities.
Led by project coordinator Aaron Swartz ’00, alumni gathered in Akron, OH at ACCESS, Inc., a homeless shelter dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless women and children. Two groups of alumni painted a number of rooms at two ACCESS, Inc. locations.
In Alliance, OH, alumni, led by project coordinator Leigh Mainwaring ’70, volunteered to assist with the Alliance Kiwanis Food Distribution. In conjunction with the Akron Canton Food Bank, this distribution provides food items to qualifying Alliance residents.
Joel Sassa ’78 coordinated volunteer efforts in Chicago, IL for Rebuilding Together Aurora. Area alumni partnered with Grace United Methodist Church to make renovations and repairs to a home in Aurora, IL.
Todd Fisher ’93 led the volunteers in the Columbus, OH area to clean up Big Run Park, the largest park in the city.
In New Orleans, LA, Scot Gill ’04 organized the Habitat for Humanity alumni effort. This group assisted during a Greater New Orleans-St. Tammany West building project.
In New York, NY, Dan Morris ’94 led alumni who volunteered at Services for the Underserved. This group worked on gardening and landscaping for the Brooklyn location, which provides housing, services and support for people with special needs.
Heidi Bartholomew ’92 led the Pittsburgh, PA area effort at the East End Cooperative Ministry. This alumni group cleaned, painted and assisted with general maintenance in the soup kitchen, food pantry and men’s emergency shelter.
In the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area, Michelle Sischo ’93 led alumni gathered to assist with a Chatham County Habitat for Humanity project. They worked on a home site being built in Pittsboro doing general maintenance, painting and other tasks.
In Washington, DC, T.J. Horwood ’00 led the Hands on DC effort. Hands on DC conducts a yearly citywide work-a-thon to improve the physical condition of the city’s public schools.
The Office of Alumni and College Activities assisted in mobilizing alumni in each area and provided t-shirts for those involved.
“We have already been contacted by alumni in additional areas for next year’s effort,” said Graffice. “So stay tuned. This is definitely an event that we would like to continue.”