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Alumni Day of Service

Alumni Day of Service

Alumni Day of Service - Saturday, April 29

Since the first Alumni Day of Service in 2009, alumni and friends have united to help build homes, clean rivers and beaches, prepare meals for families, clean hospice centers, churches, shelters and historical societies and so much more.

Online registration and T-shirt orders are closed. If you would like to register for Alumni Day of Service, please call our office at 330-672-KENT (5368). Please note: T-shirts are limited and not guaranteed for late registrations. 

2017 Service Locations:


Akron - Haven of Rest, 9 a.m. - noon
175 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44308 

Haven of Rest is a faith based rescue mission, serving 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. Volunteers will help with various projects on site. 

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  - must register with the alumni association and the foodbank (foodbank registration directions(site full - max # of volunteers reached)
350 Opportunity Pkwy
Akron, OH 44307 (on the corner of Opportunity and Dart Street – Dart is a one way street)

Volunteers will sort/inspect donated items, label bags for repack or label bottles for soap project, dispense liquid soap, repack bulk items into smaller quantities. 

Akron Zoo, 9 a.m. - noon (must complete a waiver to volunteer at the zoo - Akron Zoo Waiver) (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
500 Edgewood Ave
Akron, OH 44307

Volunteers will be participating in horticulture and general beautification projects at the zoo. This includes trash removal to plant relocating to ditch digging. Volunteers also receive complimentary zoo admittance after volunteering. All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes.  

Beachwood - The Gathering Place, 9 a.m. – noon (Hosted by KSU alumni/employees of Progressive)  
23300 Commerce Park
Beachwood, OH 44122

The Gathering Place offers free programs and services that address the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of those touched by cancer. Volunteers will watch a video presentation to learn about The Gathering Place and then take a tour of the facility. Volunteers will be cleaning, organizing, and sprucing up children’s art and play spaces, prep kitchen, storage space, and public/administrative spaces. Weather permitting, cleaning out flowerbeds/patio/landscaped areas, moving patio furniture out of storage, cleaning and setting up.  

Cleveland - Association of African American Cultural Gardens, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Black Alumni Chapter)
Martin Luther King Dr.
Cleveland, Oh 44103

The purpose of this organization is to develop and preserve the Association African American Cultural Gardens. They promote education and encourage interest in the African American culture and heritage by perpetuating a spirit of friendship among people of all nationalities.  Volunteers will participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as raking and bagging leaves, clearing debris from the site, removing weeds from the garden and planting flowers.  Volunteers will be provided with lunch. 

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, 1-3 p.m. (Host - KSU employees of Sherwin-Williams)
3635 Perkins Avenue
Suite 1E
Cleveland, Oh 44114 

The Kid’s Book Bank is a fairly new organization (1 year) with the mission to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Volunteers will receive an overview of the organization and thorough understanding of how their volunteerism will impact the community.  Alumni will be sorting books into appropriate age ranges/boxes.  Several work stations will be set-up and families are welcomed to bring their children to assist in the sorting process.  NOTE: Book donations are welcomed, especially needed are books for early childhood through 3rd grade and featuring minorities.  

Cleveland - Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 9 a.m. – noon (Host - Cleveland Area Representative) must register with the alumni association and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (food bank registration directions) 

15500 South Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110

Volunteers will help prepare for the food bank’s “Market at the Food Bank” event taking place the following day.  Dress accordingly; working inside a warehouse and wear closed-toe shoes.  

Cleveland - The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Host - Kent State LGBTQ+ Alumni Group)
6600 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

Since 1975, The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland has been serving the needs of the LGBT+ community in Northeastern Ohio. Volunteers will assist with a variety of activities including  cataloging the library of books and other resources used for programs, organizing other materials used for programs, cleaning up and preparing the community garden (weather permitting).  Lunch will be provided for volunteers. 

Cleveland - Ronald McDonald House, 1 - 3 p.m.  (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
10415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106 (entrance is located on East 105th Street)

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.   Volunteers will do a variety of activities (no meal preparation this year) including yard work (weather permitting), cleaning rooms, kitchen cabinets, sorting pull tabs & office work. 

Columbus - Camp Mary Orton, 9 a.m. – noon (Host - Central Ohio Alumni Chapter)
7925 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43235

Camp Mary Orton has been serving children and families since 1910 by helping provide an enriching summer experience for at-risk youth in Columbus, who otherwise would be unable to participate in everything a magical place like camp offers. Volunteers will work either indoors or outside weather permitting. General grounds beautification is needed outside; weeding flower beds, picking up sticks and limbs from the winter, mulching and trail maintenance, possibly sealing decks, clearing out the drainage ditch along the camp road and possibly log splitting with a hydraulic splitter. Various spring cleaning projects are needed inside the camp.

East Sparta (Canton) - Save a Mom Pregnant Dog Resuce, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Stark County ALumni Chapter)
1271 Downing St. SW
East Sparta, OH 44626

Save a Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill rescue organization for unwanted pregnant dogs destined for euthanasia. Volunteers will assist with a variety of indoor (outdoor weather permitting) activities, including painting, sorting and organizing of supplies, towels for bedding, food and assembling bedding for dogs.  

Kent - Habitat for Humanity Restore, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
1510 S. Water St
Kent, OH 44420 (in the old Callahan’s Carpet building/Save A Lot plaza) 

ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. Volunteers will assist with stock, displays and inventory.  

Kent - Be the Match, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  (Host - University Bands Alumni Chapter) (cancelled) 
Kent State University Student Center (second floor)
1075 Risman Dr.
Kent, Oh 44240

Over the past 25 years, Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.  The University Bands Alumni Chapter will be hosting a bone marrow drive. Volunteers are needed to walk donors through the registration process.  Volunteers will help donors learn about becoming a bone marrow donor, fill out paperwork for the donation and a provide a cheek swab to be added to the registry.  Additional volunteers are also needed to walk around the KSU Student Center and other parts of campus to advertise the Be The Match drive.  All volunteers must attend a training at the Center for Performing Arts on Apr 6 at 6 p.m. (training will be live streamed for those who can't make it to campus). Additional training information will be sent out to registered volunteers).  Alumni may also help by joining the bone marrow registry (about a ten minute commitment). No RSVP is required if you are only planning to become a donor (no bone marrow will be donated at this time). A special Kent State Be the Match registration link has been created for KSU alumni who wish to donate but are unable to attend the drive.

Newbury - Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity Restore, 9 a.m. - noon
12180 Kinsman Rd.
Newburry, OH 44065

ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. When you shop at ReStore, every purchase helps to build more affordable homes for families. Volunteers will assist with warehouse stock, displays, inventory and (weather permitting) making a new wooden sign for outside the building, and/or beautification projects.

New Philadelphia - Friends of the Homeless/Pathways to Wellness, 9 a.m. - noon
211 East High Street Avenue
New Philadelphia, OH

Friends of the Homeless has a simple mission to assist individuals and families in a faith-based environment to attain stability and permanent housing - Friends of the Homeless not only provides emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness and displacement but also strives to provide them with the tools and services they need to find and retain employment and stable housing. Volunteers will be doing gardening and beatification of the grounds. If you have gardening tools, please feel free to bring them. The shelter may not have enough tools for all volunteers.

NS Massillon - Starks Parks, 8 - 11 a.m. (Host - Stark County Alumni Chapter)
Crystal Springs Trailhead
4503 Erie Ave.
NS Massillon, Oh 44647

The mission of the Stark County Park District is to acquire, preserve, and develop natural areas for passive recreation, conservation, education, and nature appreciation.  Stark Parks service over 80 miles of walking/bicycling trails, 31 miles of equestrian trails, 13 parks, including 25 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and 1,200 acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs.  Volunteers will be doing general clean-up and beatification of trailhead and river. 

Painesville - Lake County Historical Society, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Host - Lake County Alumni Chapter)

415 Riverside Dr.
Painesville, OH 44077-5321

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 those 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.

Ravenna - Loaves and Fishes, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
263 S. Prospect St.
Ravenna, OH 44266

Loaves and Fishes is an outreach ministry to feed those who are in need. Volunteers will have a variety of opportunities: participate in hall preparation, meal preparation, cleaning, and meal service (may dine with guests).  Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

Wooster - Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Wayne County Area Representative) (cancelled) 
6096 East Lincoln Way
Wooster, OH 44691

ReStore sells low-cost building materials and home improvement products to the community to help fund Habitat’s mission. When you shop at ReStore, every purchase helps to build more affordable homes for families. Volunteers will assist with stock, displays and inventory.   


Phoenix Zoo, 8 a.m. - noon (Host - Arizona Alumni Chapter) please complete the phoenix_zoo_release_form.pdf and bring to zoo
455 North Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Alumni will participate in horticulture & general beautification projects at the zoo. This includes trash removal to plant relocating to ditch digging. Volunteers also receive complimentary zoo admittance after volunteering


San Francisco Food Bank, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Host - San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter)
900 Pennsylvania Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Volunteers will sort and package food for neighborhood pantries, children's snack programs and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin Counties. The San Francisco Food Bank's Pennsylvania Avenue facility is the main clearinghouse for all food that is distributed throughout the Bay Area.  Shift will begin with Food Bank folks providing background on the organization, an orientation and then describing what specific work we'll be doing. They'll demonstrate each work station and let the group decide how we want to divide up. The work is light and fun! Be prepared to celebrate afterward with your fellow alumni.

Los Angeles - Amigos de Los Rios, 9 a.m. – noon (Host – Southern CA Alumni Chapter)
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
540 Duffer Avenue,
South El Monte, CA 91733

Amigos’ mission is to create an “Emerald Necklace” green infrastructure network of parks and trails throughout the Los Angeles Basin to connect the mountains to the sea, and in doing so, improve access to recreation and link Southern Californian communities to nature and each other, expand access to safe non-vehicular transportation, create culturally meaningful public spaces within blighted communities and protect urban communities from the harmful effects posed by climate change. Volunteers will plant, trim, weed, spread mulch, paint, and provide general clean up. 


Amman - The Mother Teresa Center (10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
The Mother Teresa Center is a home for the elderly. Volunteers will assist staff in feeding and visiting with the elderly. Volunteers are welcomed to bring donations such as non-perishable food items, detergent, clothing, etc.

Irbid - SOS Children's Village (10 a.m. - noon)
Irbid is located in the northern part of the country and is home of thousands of refugees. SOS Children’s Village provides family-based care, education, and support for children and young adults who were separated from their families and have no one to care for them. Volunteers will be doing activities with children, such as playing games and telling stories (in both English and Arabic). 


North Carolina

Raleigh - Neighbor to Neighbor, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Raleigh Area Representative)
1200 S. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Neighbor to Neighbor provides programming and assistance to mothers and families who live in public assisted housing. Alumni volunteers will be working in the garden, cleaning the property, light construction, and cleaning the building. 


Ambridge (Beaver County, PA/East Liverpool, Salem, Oh) - Old Economy Village, 9 a.m. - noon
909 11th St.
Ambridge, PA 15003

Old Economy Village preserves and presents the life, thought, and material culture of the Harmony Society, a highly successful and entrepreneurial 19th century religious community.  Volunteers will be planting the gardens, painting and doing other general activities. The site can also accommodate any special needs with advance notice. Volunteers also receive complimentary admittance after volunteering.

Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - Pittsburgh Area Representative) please complete the pittsburgh_zoo_volunteer_waiver.pdf and bring to the zoo (site full - max # of volunteers reached)
7340 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Alumni will be participating in a horticulture & general beautification projects at the zoo. This could be anything from trash removal to plant relocating to ditch digging. Volunteers also receive complimentary zoo admittance after volunteering.

Washington D.C.

Food & Friends, 9 a.m. - noon (Host - National Capital Alumni Chapter)
219 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC 20011

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 help with meal preparations OR be paired, share vehicles and deliver meals to the community. 

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