Alumni Day of Service

May 7, 2016

Service project in Atlanta

The annual Alumni Day of Service is designed to provide opportunities for Dartmouth alumni, friends, and family to give back to their local communities while strengthening ties with fellow members of the Dartmouth community. 

The Alumni Day of Service helps to further Dartmouth’s longstanding tradition of community service through organizations such as the Tucker Foundation and Dartmouth Partners for Community Service, as well as the many alumni organizations already providing meaningful opportunities in their areas.

Hundreds of alumni participated in this year’s event, held May 7, 2016, through a variety of service projects 'round the girdled earth. View photos of this year’s projects and follow #DartmouthServes on social media to learn more. 


Alaska

Dartmouth Club of Alaska - Valley of the Moon Park Cleanup
Have fun in Anchorage while helping clean up one of the most iconic parks in Anchorage, Alaska. Come join fellow alumni, family and friends as we clean up the Valley of the Moon Park on Saturday May 7. Wear your Dartmouth Green and come join us for fun and fellowship as we give back to our community.

Project Information:
Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska
Valley of the Moon Park
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

California

Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles - VA Medical Center & Fisher House
Once again, the Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles (DCLA) and the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA) will support our veterans and their families at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and Fisher House. The VA Hospital honors America’s veterans with quality health care services, part of the largest integrated health care system in the United States. Fisher House, located across from the VA Medical Center, provides housing to military families so they can be close to their loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. We have planned several activities to serve our veterans and their families, including lunch and bingo at the Community Living Center. All Dartmouth alumni, spouses, partners, friends, and children 10 and older are welcome to join! Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Registration for this event is on DCLA website. Register online

Project Information:
West Los Angeles VA Medical Center & Fisher House
11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Building 512 (10AF), Los Angeles, CA 90073
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Dartmouth Club of Greater San Francisco - San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
The Dartmouth Club of Greater San Francisco and Women of Dartmouth are restoring a hillside next to Hellman Hollows, which has been degraded by foot traffic during large concerts. We have planted and are maintaining approximately 25 trees, and will continue to plant more to prevent erosion, create more natural habitat for species, and beautify the area.  Children under 18 welcome.

Register for this project through the Dartmouth Club of San Francisco.

Project Information:
San Francisco Rec and Parks Dept.
Golden Gate Park
9 a.m.–noon

Dartmouth Club of San Diego – Bonita Cove Beach Cleanup
Join us for a beach cleanup followed by a barbecue! Bags and sticks will be provided by the City of San Diego. Please plan on bringing something to contribute to the barbecue. Email Maren at marenjc@yahoo.com with any questions. Children under 18 welcome.

Per the City of San Diego: Groups performing trash/litter clean up are advised that sharps (broken glass, nails, needles, etc.) may be present on the beach or in the park. These items require special handling and to preclude possible exposure to blood borne pathogens or other hazardous material, volunteers should not make any effort to pick them up. Volunteers should also be aware of the possibility of over exposure to sun and the possibility of heat stress. Volunteers should wear hats, gloves and sturdy shoes. It is requested that volunteers not wear sandals, thongs or go bare foot. We suggest you buy disposable gloves.

Project Information:
Bonita Cove
1100 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA
9–11 a.m.

Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley – California Brown Pelican Survey
Please join us Saturday, May 7, 5-7 p.m., as we lend a helping hand to a survey of California’s iconic brown pelicans. The survey, conducted by Audubon the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, will help define the distribution and abundance of the pelicans and track shifts in their population structure The goal of the May 7 survey along the coast is to initiate a new, long-term, biannual citizen science-based survey to help understand the abundance and distribution of brown pelicans in California, Oregon, and Washington. This survey will complement a 47-year time series of productivity monitoring data at the U.S. Channel Islands and a shorter, but also robust, data set in Mexico. Children under 18 are welcome. The evening breezes can be cool, so dress warmly!

Project Information:
California Brown Pelican Survey
Johnson Pier, in Pillar Point Harbor above Half Moon Bay, CA
5–7 p.m.

Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley – Second Harvest Food Sort
Please join Dartmouth Alumni of Silicon Valley in providing some of our great helping hands to one of the largest food banks in the U.S., the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Second Harvest provides food to nearly a quarter of a million people each month who sorely need their help, and more than half of that food is healthy and nutritious fresh produce. Dartmouth alums can help make a difference - and help with food for the needy in our community is a great way to provide that help! Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. The dress code at the Food Bank is casual and comfortable, but closed toe shoes and long pants are required, and tank tops are not permitted. 6 volunteers can be accommodated for this project.

Project Information:
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest’s Cypress Center, 
4001 North First Street, San Jose, CA
9 a.m.–noon

Colorado

Connecticut

Dartmouth Club of Eastern Fairfield County – Lake Mohegan Cleanup
Join us to help the Town of Fairfield pick up trash and perform upkeep on the hiking trails. Wear clothes that can get dirty, and meet us in the parking lot of Lake Mohegan. Children under 18 are welcome.

Project Information:
Lake Mohegan
960 Morehouse Hwy, Fairfield, CT
9–11 a.m.

Dartmouth Club of Hartford – Westmoor 
Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for a morning of community service as the Dartmouth Club of Hartford participates in Westmoor Park's Plant-a-Row for the Hungry. We will assist with the planting of the vegetable gardens at the park from 9 a.m.–noon. The harvests will be donated to a local soup kitchen to help feed area residents. Come for an hour or stay for all three. All ages are welcome, so feel free to bring the entire family! 

Project Information:
Westmoor Park
119 Flagg Road, West Hartford, CT
9 a.m.–noon

Florida

Dartmouth Club of South Florida – Beach Cleanup
Meet up in Bill Bags State Park at picnic shelter C-16 at 8:30 a.m., and we'll head out in small groups to clean up the park. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellant, and a lunch (if you care to stay for lunch). Children under 18 are welcome, but please be mindful that beach cleanup can be dangerous for young or unsupervised children.

Project Information:
Bill Bags State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Georgia

Dartmouth Club of Georgia - Atlanta Community Food Bank
In this hands-on opportunity in the Atlanta Community Food Bank's Product Rescue Center (PRC), groups and individual volunteers will come together to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations for distribution to over 600 nonprofit agencies in the Metro Atlanta and North Georgia area. Children under 18 welcome.

Project Information:
Atlanta Community Food Bank's Product Rescue Center (PRC)
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW Atlanta, GA 30318
9 a.m.–noon

Maryland

Dartmouth Alumni Club of Maryland - Blue Water Baltimore 
Alumni and volunteers will be able to contribute to the beauty of Baltimore by planting a variety of trees. Come and spend time with alumni and volunteers (all ages welcome) as we plant trees and enjoy delightful company!! It is a great way to spend a spring day.

Project Information:
Blue Water Baltimore
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Massachusetts

Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston - Greater Boston Food Bank
Join fellow alums assisting the Greater Boston Food Bank in providing high-quality, perishable foods to partners in order to reach isolated communities and populations at high risk of hunger. Volunteers will help with all aspects of unloading, set-up, distribution, and breakdown. Children under 18 welcome. Please contact Ben Feeser or Bill Ragan for more information.

Registration is on the Greater Boston Food Bank website. Register online.

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Also, all volunteers under 18 require an adult chaperon. Click here for more information.

Project Information:
Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Ave, Boston, MA, 02118
9:30 a.m.–noon
                 
Dartmouth Club of Greater Boston - Room to Grow
Join with fellow alums for a volunteer event at Room to Grow in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Volunteers will sort and inventory clothing, toys, bedding, and book donations from the community as well as assist in displaying them in Room to Grow's baby boutique. Children 12 and older are welcome. Limit of 10 participants. Please contact Lisa Shin for more information and to sign up.

Project Information:
Room to Grow
142 Berkeley St # 22, Boston, MA 02116
1–3 p.m.

Women of Dartmouth Boston - Gaining Ground
Women of Dartmouth Boston will hold a Day of Service event at Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord, MA that grows fresh produce with the help of community volunteers and donates all of it to local meal programs and food pantries. We will be working outside rain or shine from 10-12. Tasks typically include planting, weeding and preparing fields, and tools are provided. Children aged 3-16 are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. There is space for up to 16 people (adults or children), and parking is available. Contact Michelle Davis with any questions. Children under 18 welcome.

Project Information:
Gaining Ground
341 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742
10 a.m.–noon

Dartmouth Club of Pioneer Valley – Opportunities for Communities
The Dartmouth Club of Pioneer Valley will be joining Opportunities for Communities, Inc. to produce simple games that challenge the mind. These will be used in the 6th annual Lekol Dete (Summer School), an educational program supporting restavek (indentured servant) children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Opportunities for all ages and abilities will include cutting, sanding, painting, and packaging of wooden game pieces. Our goal: 100 game sets! Please wear work clothes. All tools and supplies will be provided, and space is limited to 15 participants. The project will be followed by a casual lunch. Children under 18 are welcome. Contact Ellen Brout Lindsey '81 at ellenlindsey@gmail.com with any questions.

Project Information:
Opportunities for Communities
We will complete this project at the home of Ken Mundt '81, Director of Opportunities for Communities.
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Minnesota

Dartmouth Club of the Midwest – The Food Group
Join us in helping The Food Group sort and package food that will be distributed to one or more of its partner organizations and programs. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Children in the 6th grade or older are welcome.

Please register by contacting Vanessa Szalapski at 952-200-0523 or vszalapski@gmail.com.

Project Information:
The Food Group
8501 54th Ave. North, New Hope, MN 55428
6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4 

New Jersey

Dartmouth Alumni Club of Princeton – The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County seeks to achieve stability for our neighbors in need. We will inventory and stock food items for the pantry shelves as well as decorate and fill snack/lunch bags for homebound residents. Additionally, we ask that volunteers please bring along a small grocery bag with food or personal care products for the pantry. Collectively, we will weigh and sort our donation. Suggestions for items can be found on the the Crisis Ministry website. Children under 18 are welcome. Please email Margie with any questions.

Project Information:
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County
123 East Hanover St, Trenton, NJ
9-10:30 a.m.

Dartmouth Club of Northern New Jersey – Gypsy Pond Park Cleanup
We'll be cleaning up trash, removing detritus and weeding out non-native plants. The Club will provide all materials but feel free to bring any personal work clothes you like (gloves, boots, etc). Don't wear your Sunday bests - you're gonna get dirty and muddy, and probably wet!

It is very difficult to find the entrance to this park, and parking is available but just as tricky!! Please contact Lisa Caruso ’04 or Kim Bangas ’91 for more information. This event will be held rain or shine. We’ll also be raising money for an Adopt-A-Tree campaign (to be planted in the fall). Children under 18 are welcome.

Project Information:
Gypsy Pond Park
Ridgewood, NJ
9:30–11:30 a.m.

New York

Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York – Big Swim Big Kick
The Big Swim Big Kick is three events in one: a free swim meet in Asphalt Green's Olympic pool, free competitive soccer stations on our sports field, and a fundraising benefit luncheon. Both the “Swim” and the “Kick” are expected to attract 1,000 kids ages 6-10 to celebrate soccer and swimming. This one-of-a-kind event is made possible by 350 volunteers. Volunteers help make the day great for the kids, helping to time the meet, pass out medals, and cheer on kids during events. Dartmouth's Alumni Association of New York will be helping out at the Big Swim, which allows kids to experience the thrill of diving off the blocks in a real swim meet!

Project Information:
Asphalt Green
1750 York Ave, New York, NY
7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

DGALA - LGBTQA Youth Backpack Drive
We will be donating items and assembling backpacks for LGBTQA youth in need who are served by the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home to the Harvey Milk School in NYC. Please bring items to donate for the bags if you can. We will be assembling 75 bags but can take fewer items as well. Contact Amanda at abrosenblum@gmail.com for a full list of possible items, ranging from toiletries to other useful supplies.

Project Information:
Hetrick-Martin Institute
Meet at the entrance to Chelsea Market – 75 9th Avenue
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

New York City - The East Harlem School
Tutor middle school students and assist with homework. We ask that you come for the entire time period. Children under 18 are welcome.

Project Information:
The East Harlem School
309 103rd St, NYC
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Westchester, NY – WCJS Kids' Kloset Clothing Drive
If you don’t have time on May 7 to participate in a Day of Service project but would like to give back to your community, please consider contributing to a clothing drive for the Westchester Jewish Community Services Kids’ Closet.

WJCS Kids' Kloset is a volunteer-driven program that provides Westchester County children and families in need with donated clothing and related items free of charge. Items are ordered by agencies with a specific family in mind and then hand-packed to meet the needs, sizes and situation of the family. Most needed items are:

  • new underwear (boys and girls all sizes 2T to teen XXL
  • new socks (boys and girls all sizes)
  • diapers (all sizes)
  • gently used or new boys' spring/summer bottoms (pants and shorts) sizes 3T-7 and 14-20
  • gently used or new baby girl clothing
  • gently used or new spring/summer tops and bottoms for girls sizes 12-16

Project Information:
WCJS Kids' Kloset
Drop off clothing at 18 Brookdale Lane, Chappaqua, NY
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Oregon

Dartmouth Club of Oregon - Oregon Food Bank
Repack and label bulk dry food in a lively, active environment! You'll be repacking foods like rice, pasta, apples, or potatoes into family-sized packages, either working at tables or around bins. Children age 6 and older are welcome. Adults must accompany volunteers under 16.

Please note that volunteers must be able to lift 5 pounds and stand on concrete surfaces for an extended period.

Project Information:
Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Dr., Portland, OR 97211
1:30–3 p.m.
The Oregon Food Bank requires all volunteers to register on their website. Please do so in addition to registering for the Dartmouth project. Contact Laura Bright with any questions.

Pennsylvania

Dartmouth Club of Philadelphia - Bartram's Garden
Join the Dartmouth Club of Philadelphia as we participate in the 2nd Annual Dartmouth Alumni Day of Service! This year, we have partnered with Bartram's Garden to coordinate an outdoor community service opportunity for Dartmouth alumni. This is a family-friendly event; adults and children of all ages are encouraged to participate. The specifics of our volunteer work are still to-be-determined, but we will likely be helping with gardening, clearing, and other work at the community farm. Contact Taylor Dryman '09 with any questions. Register here.

Project Information:
Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Rhode Island

Dartmouth Club of Rhode Island – King Preserve
Come out and lend a hand with a morning of trail work! Projects will include cutting new trails, working on stream crossings, and footbridge construction. Dress accordingly for working outdoors — we’ll provide the tools. Children over age 12 are welcome but all under 18 must have a parent or guardian present.

Project Information:
Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island
King Preserve
518 Gilbert Stuart Road, North Kingstown, RI
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Texas

Dartmouth Club of Dallas/Fort Worth - Connecting Point of Park Cities
Alumni and family members will beautify the entryway with new flowering plants and construct picnic tables for the "Teammates," adults with disabilities who attend this day program. Children under 18 welcome. Contact Janie Simms Hamner ’79 at jshandkids@aol.com or (214) 477-9868 with any questions.

Project Information:
Connecting Point of Park Cities
4711 Westside Drive Dallas 75209
1–4 p.m.

Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (Houston, TX) - Halo House 5k
Thousands of people with leukemia or lymphoma travel to the Texas Medical Center every year for cancer treatment. Halo House’s mission is to help save the lives of cancer patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma by providing them with fully furnished temporary housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center. Dartmouth volunteers will help Halo House in making the Halo House 5K participant experience the best yet! Volunteers will assist with registration, distributing water, and cheering on runners. Children under 18 are welcome, and the event will take place rain or shine. In addition to completing our registration form, volunteers are also asked to register on the Halo House website and sign their waiver.

Project Information:
Halo House
4010 Blue Bonnet, Houston, TX 77025
5:45-10 a.m.

The Upper Valley (NH/VT)

Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley - The Upper Valley Haven
One team will work on a cooking project in the kitchen, and the other will conduct a spring cleanup of the grounds. If you plan to work outside, please bring a rake and work gloves, if desired. Children under 18 welcome.

Project Information:
The Upper Valley Haven
713 Hartford Ave White River Junction, VT 05001
9 a.m.–noon

Washington

Dartmouth Club of Western Washington - EarthCorps
We will be working to improve the health of an urban park/forest in the Seattle area by removing invasive plants, planting native species, and undertaking restoration activities. Children under 18 welcome.

Project Information:
EarthCorps
Carillon Woods Park, Kirkland, WA
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Washington D.C.

Dartmouth Club of Washington, DC

Greeting Veterans at the WWII Memorial
Greet WWII veterans as they visit their memorial. Most are in their 90s in wheelchairs, have never been to DC and were never thanked for their service after the war. Be on hand to welcome them, thank them, and meet these members of the greatest generation.Wave flags and make signs welcoming each group as they arrive from the three area airports. You may be asked to take photos for visitors with their own cameras, help groups get organized once off their buses, or the like. Wear your Dartmouth gear so we can find each other at the site! Children under 18 welcome.

Project Information:
WWII Memorial
1750 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.
9 a.m.–noon

So Others Might Eat (SOME)
Help serve breakfast to hungry guests in SOME’s Dining Room for the Homeless. Opened as a small soup kitchen in 1970, SOME now provides 1,000 nourishing hot breakfasts and lunches every day of the year with help of 19,000 volunteers. This is a perfect project for those who have plans later in the day but want to start off their weekend serving with the Dartmouth community. Limited to 10 volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, and those between the ages of 13 and 15 must have adult supervision.

Program Information:
So Others May Eat
71 O Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
6–9 a.m.

Women of Dartmouth, DC – Rock Creek Conservancy
Join fellow alumni and families in service to one of DC’s greatest resources – Rock Creek Park. This outdoor morning cleanup at the Chevy Chase Recreation Center is organized as part of Rock Creek Conservancy’s 8th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, when volunteers will clean up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek throughout Maryland and DC. The RCC’s goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. This event is open to all ages but parents must be present to supervise their own children.

Project Information:
Rock Creek Conservancy
3979-4103 Livingston St. NW, Washington, DC 20015
10 a.m–noon

In addition to registering here, please fill out the RCC waiver form and find additional details here.