On June 10, 1846, Trustee James J. Hill laid a single silver dollar — the seed that started Grinnell’s endowment — on the table at the first meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees. Grinnellians around the world recognize Hill’s contribution, the many that have followed since, and the college those gifts created and continue to sustain. Grinnell College is committed to excellence in education for students in the liberal arts, a diverse community, and social responsibility. Grinnellians around the world hold true to these core values and work to better their local and worldwide communities. That’s why many choose to celebrate Founders’ Day with our Global Day of Service. The Global Day of Service falls on the Saturday closest to Founders’ Day — this year, Founder’s Day falls on a Saturday. This year, we will be celebrating on Saturday, June 10 — we hope you will join us!
Group Projects: Alumni around the world will be organizing group service projects for local Grinnell communities. Regional planning committees are planning to organize projects; please reach out to your local regional planning committee if you are interested in helping them organize the project. If you do not live in one of the 11 regional networks but would like to organize a group project for Grinnellians in your local community, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations would be glad to support your efforts! Please complete the online project proposal form before April 1 if you would like to organize a group service project. Check back here to see the list of projects as groups finalize their plans ― projects will be listed below and you will be able to sign up for a project on this page.
Independent Service Work: We hope you will participate in the Global Day of Service even if you are not joining a group project! If you will not be joining a group project or if, like many Grinnellians, you are regularly involved in community service work, we hope you will complete some service work in honor of Grinnell sometime within the first two weeks of June. Join in with Grinnellians around the world who are serving their communities in honor of Founders’ Day by connecting on social media with the hashtag #GCDayofService. We will be tallying the number of volunteers completing service work as a part of the Global Day of Service celebration and will be adding up the total number of hours served in our local communities around the world.
Do you regularly volunteer at a local soup kitchen? Lend your tech expertise to a local nonprofit? Serve on a board of a local community organization? Dedicate this important contribution of your time and talent in early June to your Grinnell community’s celebration of Founders’ Day and Grinnell’s core values ― check back here soon to share your service work with your fellow Grinnellians.
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