Nearly 150 Willamette students, alumni, faculty and staff participated in the university’s Global Day of Service in Salem on March 10. Five alumni chapters also volunteered their time in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Washington, D.C.
In Salem, Bearcats painted a house for Catholic Community Services, worked on the grounds for City of Salem Parks, restored gently used shoes for 1000 Soles, prepped for the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s big upcoming events including the Awesome 3000, cleaned and organized materials at a youth homeless shelter and worked on projects at a number of other sites.
Willamette’s Global Day of Service began last year as a way to commemorate the university’s 175th anniversary. This new annual tradition is a time for Bearcats to unite and give back to their local communities by living our motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”
The day’s theme was “Service Blooms,” which students chose to represent spring. For more photos of the event, search #wuserviceblooms on Instagram.
For more information about the university’s commitment to service, contact the Office of Community Service Learning. CSL’s next big event is the Oxfam Hunger Banquet on April 12. This interactive event provides attendees insights into food justice. Tickets are $1 and are available at Goudy during lunch and dinner beginning this week.