Hundreds of Philadelphia University students, faculty and staff donned yellow t-shirts and went out into the community for the fourth annual Day of Service on Sept. 27.
As part of the University-wide commitment to service, volunteers gathered for nearly 100 projects on campus and off, helping to clean up parks, talking to high school students about college, making dresses for girls in Africa or teddy bears for hospitalized children, painting a church, feeding the homeless, and doing much more to serve others.
Project leaders, many of whom began organizing planning their service opportunities before the start of the academic year, met with volunteers early in the morning and in the afternoon and traveled to their service site to help those in need.
The projects displayed the range of interests represented at PhilaU. Students in the Asclepius Society for Pre-Med students met at Shriner’s Hospital for Children on Broad Street to entertain and make crafts with children and teenagers. Student Government Association volunteers helped run supplies between four Alex’s Lemonade Stands to raise money for cancer research. Another team helped cleaned windows, walls and baseboards at a Baptist Children’s Services group home for 12 teenage girls.
There were projects on farms, at book banks, on campus and at a museum. Volunteers helped remove weeds and litter at the Philadelphia Zoo. Others baked cookies, cakes and brownies for parents and siblings of sick children staying at the Ronald McDonald House at St. Christopher’s Hospital. Class projects tied service with academics. Accounting, engineering, and design students answered questions at Mercy Vocational High School in East Falls.
The first University-wide Day of Service took place in 2008 following the inauguration of President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D., as the University’s 11th president. Each year since, near the start of the fall semester, PhilaU gives back through service. The first three Days of Service combined drew more than 3,460 volunteers and represented the completion of more than 12,150 combined volunteer community service hours.