To learn more about the group projects and to register, head to our How to Participate section below.
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 with hosting 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, we can list your project plans here! Please email Anna Halpin-Healy '13, assistant director of alumni relations for regional programs, at email@example.com with the details about your 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.
Details for area projects are updated here once details have been finalized. Please visit this page again and watch your email for updated project information to see the most up to date plans. If you need to update your email address with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for a group project or as an independent volunteer by completing the Volunteer Registration Form. We will be sharing the ways that Grinnellians dedicate their time to service for this year’s Global Day of Service―please sign up as a volunteer, even if you will not be joining a group project, so we can include your service work! Detailed project invitations are sent out to the alumni who live near a planned group project; to see the detailed plans for a project, please see the Volunteer Registration Form and click on the location of interest.
If you are interested in helping with your area’s project, please reach out to the event lead listed below. If you have questions about how to be involved, please contact Anna Halpin-Healy ’13, assistant director of alumni relations for regional programs, at email@example.com or 641-269-3186.
Amy Patrick '96 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara Szent-Gyorgyi 'email@example.com
1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3Volunteering with Cradles to Crayons to help inspect, sort, and package essential items for children living in homeless or low-income situations.
Shannon Boyle 'firstname.lastname@example.org
9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, June 10 Volunteering at Garfield Park Conservatory, working outside to cut tree suckers in the dogwood tree grove.
Jeffrey Fields '90 email@example.com
2–5 p.m. Saturday, June 17 Volunteering with the African American Museum of Iowa to assist with children’s activities and clean up for their Juneteenth Festival.
Brigham Hoegh 'firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Reynolds '94 and Heather Metz 'email@example.com
1–4 p.m. Saturday, June 10Volunteering with Denver Parks and Recreation to mulch trees, remove debris from park areas, and paint at James A. Bible Park.
Pam Soulos 'firstname.lastname@example.org
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 Volunteering with Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center to help with garden work, transplanting seedlings, weeding, and preparing seed beds.
Sam Forman 'email@example.com
Ruth Bittner 'firstname.lastname@example.org
7 p.m. Saturday, June 10 Volunteering with Look. It’s My Book! to label books that will be given to Peoria Public School students in grades K-4.
Steve Mac Farlane 'email@example.com
Kristin Stout 'firstname.lastname@example.org
5:45–8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 Unpacking, sorting, and tagging clothing, household goods, books, and other donations at Arc Value Village Thrift Store & Donation Center in Richfield, Minn.
5:45–8 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 Sorting and packaging food in the food bank of Second Harvest Heartland in Golden Valley.
1:45–4 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 Sorting and packaging food in the food bank of Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood.
Kartik Sheth 'email@example.com
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