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Monroe College Students, Faculty, and Staff Volunteer at Local Organizations During Annual Fall Community Service Weekend

October 12, 2018

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, October 12, 2018 – Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that it will proudly host its annual fall Community Service Weekend today through Sunday. 

The Community Service Weekend is a Fall semester tradition that enables the people who study, teach, and work at Monroe to come together to give back to the College’s neighboring communities by volunteering their time and talents to others. More than 150 students have signed up to participate in 12 events planned throughout the greater New Rochelle and Bronx areas, home to the College’s two New York campuses.

Monroe’s team of volunteers will work on a number of diverse projects. In addition to helping with a clothing drive and park restoration work, they will assist at senior centers and work with children in organized activities, such as reading, art projects, and playtime games. Volunteers will also support the work of Operation Gratitude, a national organization that spreads cheer to veterans and those on active duty by organizing care package deliveries and letter- and greeting card-writing campaigns.

Monroe College Professor Kathryn MacDonald, coordinator of the College Honors Program that leads the fall Community Service Weekend, said: “Our Fall Community Service Weekend is a wonderful Monroe tradition that gives students and employees a terrific way to thank our neighbors for their continued support. The opportunity to give back by helping local projects and worthy causes is especially meaningful this year as the College celebrates its 85th anniversary.”

Among this year’s scheduled Community Service Weekend events:

Friday, Oct. 12

  • Writing thank you letters and cards for veterans and active duty service members
  • ­Neighborhood park clean-up in New Rochelle
  • ­Visiting with seniors via the Wartburg Adult Day Care Program and Garito Manor
  • ­Organize clothing donations at The Sharing Shelf

Saturday, Oct. 13

  • Creating fidget mats to assist those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism
  • Neighborhood park clean-up in Hartsdale
  • ­Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens
  • ­Lead art projects and playtime activities for children at The Ittleson Center

Sunday, Oct. 14

­   Volunteering at harvest events at the Queens Botanical Gardens

Monroe College will host a similar community service event in late winter. Local charitable organizations interested in hosting future Monroe College community service volunteers may contact Kathryn MacDonald at kmacdonald@monroecollege.edu.

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