The Grinnell College Alumni Council and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations would like to thank all Grinnellians who joined the second annual Global Day of Service, a celebration of Founders' Day and Grinnell's longstanding commitment to social responsibility and service.
Did you take part in an organized service event with your Regional Network Planning Committee or personalize a service activity with your family, friends, and local alumni community? Please complete the Volunteer Participation Report if you participated! Contact Anna Halpin-Healy '13, assistant director of alumni relations for regional programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-990-9622 with any questions.
View photos from group projects around the world and find others on social media with #GCdayofservice.
Bay Area, Calif.: The Grinnell-in-the-Bay Area community worked on removing non-native plants to help restore the San Francisco Coastal Habitat of Lands End with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Boston, Mass.: The Grinnell-in-Boston community volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, working to assemble 112 packages of general supplies (clothing, diapers, hygiene items, arts and craft supplies, etc.) for children in need. With everyone who volunteered that day, the organization had an impact on more than 500 children.
Chicago, Ill.: The Grinnell-in-Chicago group volunteered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, sorting and repacking food for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in Cook County. Cincinnati, Ohio: Jim Decker '75 and John Ellmore '70 joined 1,000 other volunteers as a part of Paint the Town. Together, 31 houses were painted in a single day in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati.
Des Moines, Iowa: The Grinnell-in-Des Moines group volunteered at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge.
Durham, N.C.: Nancy Kaiser '92, Guy Potter '92, and a group of fellow alumni and families worked on a garden upkeep project at E.K. Powe Elementary School, helping to weed and restore the garden for use by the school.
Front Range/Denver, Colo.: Working with Denver Parks and Recreation, the Grinnell-on-the-Front Range group helped to paint a bridge, cut willow, and remove weedy trees at Sloan's Lake Park.
Grinnell, Iowa: More than 65 people worked with Milkweed Matters to make 2,772 milkweed seedballs. The group's contributions put Milkweed Matters beyond their goal of 35,000 seedballs, which will be given to RAGBRAI riders this summer and dispersed throughout the Iowa countryside to support the monarch butterfly population.
Los Angeles, Calif.: Hanna Feldman '14 and the Grinnell-in-L.A. community completed a beach clean up in Santa Monica with Heal the Bay.
New Haven, Conn.: Pam Soulos '05 and a group of Grinnellians volunteered at Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center and cleared a gardening bed, tilled the soil, fertilized with compost, and planted lettuce and chive seedlings.
New Orleans, La.: In memory of Ragnar Thorisson '11, Leah Krandel '09 and Margie Scribner '10 led a neighborhood beautification project in the Fairgrounds Triangle neighborhood.
New York, N.Y.: Volunteering with Partnerships for Parks, Sam Forman '11 and a group of 22 Grinnellians worked together to remove weeds and plant shrubs in an area of St. Nicholas Park.
Peoria/Central Illinois: Ruth Bittner '80 and Julie Luner '82 led a group in sorting buttons to help restore the Peoria Holocaust Memorial.
Puget Sound/Seattle, Wash.: The Grinnell-in-Puget Sound group worked with EarthCorps to remove invasive weeds that were competing with native plants that had been planted earlier in the spring. The group spread mulch around the native plantings to help support their growth and survival in Ravenna Park in the University District of Seattle.
Twin Cities, Minn.: The first group volunteered for Urban Roots, weeding and planting in urban gardens, and the second group worked with Second Harvest Heartland, sorting and packaging food in their warehouse.
Worldwide bilingual alumni: Alumni around the world translated TED talks as a part of the TED Open Translation Project, and Radka Slamova '13 hosted a gathering for alumni who were participating in Prague, Czech Republic.
For more information about the day, contact Anna Halpin-Healy '13, assistant director of alumni relations for regional programs, at email@example.com or 641-990-9622.
Sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and by the Alumni Council's Alumni Engagement Committee.
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