Yale alumni connect and give back to communities worldwide in annual day of service

Nearly 4,000 Yale University alumni participated in the eighth annual Yale Day of Service program, joining together to make difference in their local communities across the United States and around the world. The program included 250 sites throughout 40 states and 20 countries, even more than in 2015.

Yale alumni in Grand Rapids, Michigan help a local camp for individuals with disabilities to prepare for its summer season during the 2016 Day of Service on May 7.

Most of the activities took place on May 7, although alumni projects organized through the Day of Service program were also held earlier, and there are opportunities still available at some sites throughout May. To view a complete list of sites, visit: http://yaledayofservice.org/find-service-site/all-service-sites.

This year, more than 130 alumni, faculty, students, and staff from the Yale School of Public Health volunteered around New Haven and nearby towns on May 7, giving back to the community in honor of Dean Paul Cleary, who is retiring after 10 years of leadership at the school. The Yale School of Nursing also hosted “Newborns in Need,” presenting more than 100 bags of diapers and other essentials to new mothers.

Launched in 2009, the global Yale Day of Service is one of a number of service opportunities for Yale alumni to lead by sharing their time and talents to make a difference. Many alumni give back by working in the nonprofit sector, sitting on boards of foundations and organizations, serving at the highest levels of government, becoming elected officials, volunteering for Yale, and sharing their time, experience, and energy with volunteer community projects.

“The Yale Day of Service is one of the most valuable programs that our university offers,” said Sheryl Carter Negash ’82 and C’Ardiss Gardner Gleser ’08, volunteer co-chairs for this year’s Yale Day of Service. “Participating in the Yale Day of Service has changed our lives and changed the way that we connect with Mother Yale. It brings Yalies together around the world … For us, working to make the world a better place is a way of life. Yale Day of Service empowers us all to collaborate with other Yalies in this noble effort.”

For a recap of 2016 Day of Service highlights, visit the Yale Alumni Storify page, which features photos from Moscow, Boston, Shanghai, Austin, Istanbul, London, New York City, Austin, and numerous other sites. For more information on the Yale Day of Service, visit: http://yaledayofservice.org, and for more information on the Association of Yale Alumni, visit: http://aya.yale.edu

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