Sixth Annual National Alumni Day of Service

Sixth Annual National Alumni Day of Service

Alumni Day of Service - April 12, 2014

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The Kent State Alumni Association is hosting its Alumni Day of Service, encouraging alumni nationwide to make a difference in their local communities. Show your Golden Flash pride and volunteer with us,  at one of our sites listed below.

Spaces are reserved on a first come first serve basis and capacity at many of the sites is limited so register today!                                            

Registration closes Friday, March 21, 2014.

*Must be 18 or older to participate. Please contact the alumni association if you wish to bring a younger volunteer.

Haven of Rest (
9 a.m. – noon 
Haven of Rest is a faith based rescue mission, serves as a light to the homeless community in and around the Akron area, offering food, shelter, safety, drug rehabilitation and hope to those most in need. Haven of Rest is located at 175 East Market Street in Akron, OH, 44308. Volunteers will meet at the donation center in building 207 (meet at back of building/north side) and will help with various projects on site.

Akron Canton Regional Food Bank ( Location Full
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers will do a variety of activities such as: sort/inspect donated items, label bags for repack or label bottles for soap project, dispense liquid soap, repack bulk items into smaller quantities.  Dress accordingly; working inside a warehouse. The food bank is located at 350 Opportunity Pkwy 44307 (on the corner of Opportunity and Dart Street – Dart is a one way street).
*Parking/building entrance will be at the shipping and receiving lot (Opportunity Pkwy. – gated area, but will be open for volunteers).  Please DO NOT park against the wall facing Opportunity Pkwy. As you enter into the gated area, you will see three dock doors, the volunteer entrance is the first door to the left of the three doors and it will be unlocked. Someone will be in the area to greet and direct you.
Ronald McDonald House ( Location Full
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland offers a place to call home at little or no cost so families can access the best health care, regardless of their location. It allows families to stay together, which can help their children heal faster and cope better. Their house enables families to focus on the health of their child rather than anything else – like paying bills, cooking meals, cleaning the House. It preserves a sense of normalcy with home-cooked meals, comfortable beds and recreational activities for the family to enjoy. Most importantly, the Ronald McDonald House helps families create connections with other families, staff and volunteers.  In doing this, families have a support system to turn to during the most stressful moments of their lives.  Volunteers will have an opportunity to prepare meals and activities (arts, crafts & games) for guest and chores (yard work {weather permitting}, clean rooms, kitchen cabinets, sorting pull tabs & office work.

Habitat for Humanity (  Location Full
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  
Volunteers will assist with stock and displays. The Habitat ReStore is located at 1510 S. Water St, Kent, OH 44420 (in the old Callahan’s Carpet building/Save A Lot plaza).

Loaves and Fishes (
Location Full
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
This is an outreach ministry to feed those who are in need from Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Loaves and Fishes is located at First United Methodist Church, 263 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, OH 44266.

ALUMNI CHAPTER VOLUNTEER SITES                                                                                                         
Central Ohio Alumni Chapter
Ronald McDonald House
9:30 a.m. – noon
Volunteers will bake cookies, organize the kitchens or various house cleaning projects.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio is located at 711 East Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205. 

Lake County Ohio Alumni Chapter
Lake County Historical Society (
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The group will be raking and weeding the gardens; scraping walls and painting a museum room(s), and other projects. Light jobs will be available for volunteers who don't want to do physical work.  Lunch will be provided for the volunteers. Volunteers can work all day or volunteer for an hour. Lake County Historical Society is located at 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, OH 44077-5321.  

National Capital Alumni Chapter
Food & Friends (
Time TBD
The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.  Volunteers will be paired, share vehicles and deliver meals to the community.  Food & Friends is located at 219 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC 20011.

Southern California Alumni Chapter
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteers will sort/inspect donated items, label bags for repack or label bottles for soap project, dispense liquid soap and repack bulk items into smaller quantities. Dress accordingly; working inside a warehouse. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is located 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058.

Stark County Ohio Alumni Chapter (

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteers will be assisting with meal preparation for the shelter residents and then provide activities for the children staying in the shelter. Various cleaning projects are also available. YWCA is located at 231 Sixth Street NE, Canton, OH 44702.

New York City
Concern Worldwide
7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concern Worldwide is an international organization dedicated to bringing humanitarian aid and long term solutions to the poorest around the globe.  The Kent State NYC Alumni group will be lending a hand with Concern Worldwide’s largest fundraiser of the year, a run/walk in Central Park! All alumni are also invited to attend an after party for a complimentary breakfast. Volunteers will be able to assist with a variety of activities like working the registration table, water stations, course marshals, etc.  Duties to be assigned the day of the event. 

Questions about this event, please contact Molly Rammel, KSU NYC Area Representative,

Phoenix Zoo
8 a.m.- noon
Alumni will be participating in a horticulture project at the zoo. This could be anything from trash removal to plant relocating to ditch digging.
RSVP deadline: March 21, 2014

April weekends are very busy at the zoo, so plan on carpooling. Dress: Alumni should bring work gloves, water, and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed toe shoes are required.

The zoo is located at 455 North Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008.

Please contact Denise Osborne ('80) at 480-241-9297 or for more information.


Habitat for Humanity (
8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.  
Volunteers are required to wear shoes that will protect your feet (closed toes/heels) and wear comfortable clothing that you can get dirty. Clothing should not be ragged, fringed or could otherwise get caught on tools or machinery. Tools will be provided, but if you wish to bring tools from home, it is recommended that you mark them with your name. It is especially helpful to have work gloves, a pencil, hammer, measuring tape and tool belt or nail apron. Parking is limited in the neighborhoods, so please carpool to construction site.  (A central meeting location and job site TBD.) 

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Contact Information
Primary Contact
Lisa Mascellino
Date & Location
Date: 4/12/2014
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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