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400 WCSU students, faculty to participate in 'Day of Service'

Some 400 Western Connecticut State University students and faculty members will be out in the community today for the 2nd annual Day of Service.  There are 40 non-profit organizations and city agencies that will be helped.  Dean of Students Walter Cramer says many students arrive at Western understanding the value of volunteerism and more learn about it at the university.  But he says overall, the students then make it an ongoing part of their lives.


There were 22 agencies helped last year, the first year of this event.


Cramer says the goal of the event is to help the community, to recognize students and their commitment to community, and to create an awareness of the opportunity and the value of volunteerism as part of a college education.


After last year's success, Cramers says a lot of the students then went back to work with the organizations.  He said this was a good way for Western to make new connections in the city. 


Work includes raking, trimming, weeding, painting, cleaning offices, washing fire trucks, moving books, working with animals and picking up trash.


Among the places the WCSU volunteers will serve are:

Alternative Center of Excellence (ACE)

Ann’ Place

Born Learning Trail in Rogers Park

City Center Danbury

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Danbury Ambulance

Danbury Area Computer Society

Danbury Board of Education

Danbury Museum and Historical Society

Danbury Music Centre

Danbury Office of Public Works

Danbury PAL

Danbury Public Library

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Youth Services

Department of Children and Families

Dorothy Day Center

Ellsworth School

Escape to the Arts

Harambee Center

Hayestown School

Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury

Ives Concert Park

Ives Trail Greenway

Jericho Partnership

Lake Kenosia Park

Musicals at Richter

New Street Fire House

Regional Hospice Center for Comfort Care and Healing

St. James Episcopal Church

Stadley Rough School

Taywile Park


Western Connecticut State University Child Care Center


“Western Day of Service” has received a commitment of support from many groups and athletic teams from the university, including the women’s basketball team, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse teams, women’s soccer team, men’s soccer team, men’s tennis team, WCSU Education Club, Latin American Student Organization, men’s baseball team, women’s softball team, women’s swimming and diving team, Honors Program, Accounting Society, Greek Council, Cheerleading Team, Commuter Student Association, Department of Social Work, Student Government Association, volleyball team, Educational Access & Achievement Program, Recreation Services, Sigma Delta Tau, WXCI, Office of Housing & Residence Life and Student Affairs.

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