Service blooms in Willamette community

by University Communications,

  • Student wearing a shirt that says, “Service Blooms Willamette University,” works the soil as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Students pack boxes as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Students work the soil as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Alumni in San Francisco volunteer at Strawberry Hill on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Students pack boxes as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student packs a box as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Alumni in Washington D.C. work at a food shelter on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student tills the soil with a rake as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student packs a box as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Alumni in San Francisco volunteer at Strawberry Hill on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student packs a box as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • A thermos with a Green Fund sticker on it placed on the ground were students are working in a park during Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student packs a box as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Students pose by Family Promise sign where the volunteered on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student packs a box as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student dig in the ground as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student put on work gloves during Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student put landscaping supplies in a wheelbarrow during Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Student tills the soil with a rake as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service.
  • Alumni in Washington, D.C., pose for a photo in Willamette’s Global Day of Service.

Bearcats volunteer at nonprofits across the country on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.

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.

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