Students Hit the Streets for Project Serve

October 01, 2010 - News Release

More than 20 local service agencies will get a helping hand Oct. 2 from hundreds of University of Guelph students.

It's the University's 13th Project Serve day. Initiated in 1997 as a way of introducing students to community involvement and volunteerism, the program is now an annual event.

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 and health issues. Each volunteer group is headed by a team leader who is a senior student, faculty member or staff member.

More than 350 students have registered, and more are invited to take part. Students will contribute some 1,200 hours of volunteer assistance during this one-day event. They will gather at the University Centre in the morning for registration, and the event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a brief talk by Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge.

Some of the participating agencies this year are the Elliott Community, the Guelph Enabling Garden, the Guelph Food Bank, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, Onward Willow, Hanlon Creek Rehabilitation, the Edward Johnson Music Foundation, the Village of Riverside Glen and Wyndham House.

Project Serve was named “Program of the Year” by the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services in 2001.

For more information on Project Serve, visit the website.

If you'd like to get involved on an ongoing basis with any of the Project Serve organizations, contact Rachel Farahbakhsh at

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

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