Students Hit the Streets for Project Serve

September 10, 2012 - News Release

More than 30 local service agencies will get a helping hand Sept. 15 from hundreds of University of Guelph students.

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

Students will contribute approximately 1,200 hours of volunteer assistance during the one-day event. Working with teams of five to 15, they 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.

Students will gather at the University Centre at 10 a.m. for registration, and the event will kick off at 10:30 with a welcome address by Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs). Students will then board buses for travel to their volunteer placements, returning to U of G at 3 p.m. for a wrap-up session in Peter Clark Hall.

Some of the participating agencies this year are the Guelph Enabling Garden, Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington, Donkey Santuary, Guelph Youth Music Centre, Wyndham House, Exhibition Park Neighborhood Group, Dunara Homes for Recovery, St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming, Hanlon Creek Rehabilitation and Onward Willow.

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

Registration and additional information are available online.

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

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