Yale Alumni to Volunteer in Connecticut on "Day of Service"
Alumni and friends of Yale University will gather in cities across Connecticut to participate in the first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 19.
The event, organized by the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) with local Yale clubs and associations, will include a number of different community service projects. One group will plant trees and clear a wheel-chair accessible trail for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Another will assist at Connecticut Foodshare, a regional food bank that distributes more than 12 tons of food per day to nearly 400 local programs in Hartford and Tolland Counties. The New Haven contingent will help the New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground prepare their organic garden for spring planting, assist the Urban Resource Initiative with planting and work with park rangers at West Rock Nature Center on spring clean up and trail maintenance.
Eight Yale Clubs will participate in the Day of Service. Alumni representing all 11 professional schools as well as Yale College are expected to participate. Over 14,000 alumni of Yale University live in Connecticut.
Robin Reeves Zorthian (Yale College Class of 1976), president of the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich, is leading the volunteer effort.
“We know that alumni want to ‘give back,’ and the AYA wants to give voice to this dedication,” said Mark Dollhopf (Class of 1977), executive director of the AYA. “We want to channel this incredible energy and drive by launching an annual Yale Day of Service for clubs and alumni groups around the globe. We want to enable alumni to come together as Yalies in service to others — whether through their local Yale Clubs or classes, or through Yale’s many shared interest groups. By coming together we can be a stronger and more visible force for change for the common good.”
Participating clubs include the Yale Club of New Haven, the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich, the Yale Club of Hartford, the Yale Club of Bristol, the Yale Club of Meriden-Wallingford, the Yale Club of Northwest Connecticut, the Yale Club of Eastern Connecticut and the Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County.
For further information on the Connecticut Yale Alumni Day of Service, contact Diane Morrissey or Jackie McGrath at 203-432-2586 or go to the Day of Service web site.