Western Connecticut State University students will once again canvas the city in an effort to help out a variety of charitable organizations and agencies as part of the third annual Western Day of Service. The event will begin with a welcome reception and ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury, with speeches by Mayor Mark Boughton and WCSU President Dr. John B. Clark.
After the ceremony, approximately 500 WCSU students, faculty and staff will volunteer at a variety of activities to help area 49 organizations and those they serve. Work will include raking, trimming, weeding, cleaning offices, washing firetrucks, moving books, working with animals, picking up trash and painting. Students will be also out today reading to school children, working at museums and cleaning the Lake Kenosia area.
The goal of the Day of Service is to connect the university with the community and for students to become more familiar with the Greater Danbury area. Dean of Students Dr. Walter Cramer says this is also an effort to highlight the work of students during the year.
Among the places WCSU volunteers will serve are:
· Alternative Center of Excellence (ACE)
· City Center Danbury
· Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
· Danbury Museum and Historical Society.
· Danbury Music Centre
· Danbury PAL
· Danbury Railway Museum
· Ives Concert Park
· Lake Kenosia Park
· Musicals at Richter
· New Street Fire House
· Still River Alliance
· Tarrywile Park
· Permaculture Garden
· Tails of Courage
· Western Rehabilitation Care Center
· YMCA Escape to the Arts