Yale Sponsors Neighborhood Clean-up Through AmeriCares

A “swat team” composed of Yale University and community volunteers will undertake a fix-up-and-clean-up mission to help one of the University’s New Haven neighbors on Saturday, May 2.

The Yale team will work at a home in the Dwight-Edgewood neighborhood. While help requiring specific skills has been arranged, volunteers who can help with general repairs still are needed. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but youths aged 14-18 are asked to work with a responsible adult. Everyone who volunteers for the Yale-sponsored project will receive a pair of tickets for a performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in mid-May at the Shubert Performing Arts Center.

The Yale-sponsored team is being put together by Michael Morand of Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and Joe Fahey of the Office of University Properties as part of the national AmeriCares Homefront program. Now in its 10th year, the AmeriCares Homefront effort is a one-day, community-based “home repair blitz” designed to help homeowners who are unable to help themselves remain in their homes.

During the day-long AmeriCares program, volunteers work hand-in-hand with the homeowners to identify and implement improvements and repairs that are most critical to making their residences warm, safe and dry. To date, 178 homes, shelters and community centers in Connecticut have benefited from the program.

There will be two crews working that day. The morning crew, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., will receive coffee and breakfast fare, as well as a lunch. The afternoon team, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., will also be served lunch. To volunteer for Yale’s AmeriCares Homefront program, contact Michael Morand in the University’s Office of New Haven Affairs by phone at 432-4082 or by email at michael.morand@yale.edu.

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