U of G Reaches Out to Community Through Project Serve

September 25, 2007 - News Release

More than 400 University of Guelph students, faculty and staff will head into the community Sept. 29 to volunteer at some 30 local agencies as part of the University's tenth annual Project Serve day.

Project Serve was initiated in 1997 to introduce students to community involvement and volunteerism. Today it has become an excellent way for new students to learn what needs exist in the Guelph community and is often a springboard for ongoing volunteer work within the city.

Project Serve received national recognition with the 2001 Program of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services.

Working with teams of five to 15, Project Serve participants will spend a half day doing various jobs from environmental cleanup to sorting food at non-profit agencies that address social, environmental, health and animal welfare issues.

Participating agencies include the Guelph Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Women in Crisis. Each volunteer group is headed by a team leader who is a senior student, faculty member or staff member.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast in Rozanski 104. Students will then leave by bus to their volunteer placements and return to campus at 1 p.m. to have lunch and talk about their experience.

For more information on Project Serve.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519- 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982.

University of Guelph
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Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1