Deerfield Day of Service 2016 is on Saturday, April 9th, in 11 locations! We invite alumni, families, and friends to serve together and be worthy of their heritage!
Please RSVP by 3/25/2016 with your choice of the following locations.
Gaining Grounds, Concord MA
Gaining Grounds grows organic produce for hunger relief with help from volunteers of all ages and abilities. In short, we grow food and give it away to people who need it. For free. Throughout harvest season, produce from our Farm goes to food pantries, meal programs and shelters in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts distributed within 20 miles of our farm and within 24 hrs of harvest. You will help us as farm volunteers with various tasks – please dress appropriately (closed toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty). Brian Rosborough ’58, P’03,’06 and Lucy Rosborough P’03,’06 will be the DA points of contact on site. Two shifts are available. (Shift 1) 9:00AM – 12:00PM or (Shift 2) 12:00PM – 3:00PM. Groups with children are encouraged to do a two hour shift between 10:00AM – 12:00PM or 1:00PM – 3:00PM.
Boys and Girls Club, Worcester, MA
Boys and Girls Club of Worcester helps youth, especially those who need us most, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders. Our Day of Service project will be assisting with landscaping and general yard work, so please dress appropriately. (clothing that can get dirty and closed toe shoes). Dusty Miller ’58 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be 18 years or older unless accompanied by an adult. 9:00AM – 12:00PM.
DRW College Prep, Chicago, IL
DRW College Prep challenges and supports students to become highly educated people of integrity who positively impact their community. Our Day of Service project will be centered around assisting with the cleaning of a viaduct wall and painting a mural next to the school. Please wear clothing suitable for painting and cleaning. George Mesires ’87 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be middle school age and up. 9:00AM-2:00PM.
A Wider Circle (Neighbor to Neighbor), Washington, D.C.
A Wider Circle aims to end poverty for one individual and one family after another and to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. Our Day of Service project will partner with the program “Neighbor to Neighbor”. We will assist with sorting through and organizing donated home good items, and cleaning and stocking their showroom. Volunteers should be 14 years or older unless accompanied by an adult. 11:30AM – 2:30PM.
Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver, CO
Food Bank of the Rockies provides food for more than 41,000 people annually by distributing 121,000 meals each day through more than 800 hunger relief partner agencies and service programs. Volunteers will be placed in different areas as needed to ensure they are effectively fulfilling their mission. Needs do change on a daily basis, but the areas listed in priority order are: Distribution, USDA/CSFP, and Nutrition Network. John G. Knight ’83 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be 16 years of age or older unless accompanied by an adult. 9:00AM – 12:00PM.
Boys and Girls Club, Greenwich, CT
Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich enables all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For our Day of Service project, we will assist with a painting project. Please dress appropriately. Volunteers should be 16 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult. 9:00AM – 2:00PM.
Ocean Park Community Center, Santa Monica, CA
Ocean Park Community Center empowers people to rebuild their lives. The agency’s programs are designed to remove barriers to access the resources individuals need to ensure their suvival, end their victimization and improve their quality of life. Now in its 50th year, OPCC is the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. Our Day of Service will center around three different projects; assisting with a game day at SAMOSHEL, guiding an arts & crafts project at Turning Point, or BBQ and meal preparation at Cloverfield. Charlie Smith ’51 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers must be 16 years or older unless accompanied by an adult. 2:00PM – 7:00PM.
Heights & Hills Council, Brooklyn, NY
BloomAgainBklyn works closely with Heights & Hills Council, one of Brooklyn’s largest provider of services to seniors; reaching over 3,000 home bound men and women within the borough. Volunteers will assemble arrangements alongside BloomAgainBklyn who has brought in flowers that are generously donated by Trader Joe’s. Volunteers then go out and deliver the bouquets to home bound seniors and/or local senior health care providers. Rick Anderson ’62 and Carolyn Anderson will be the DA points of contact on site. Volunteers should be high school age or older unless accompanied by an adult. 10:00AM – 3:00PM.
The Bowery Mission, New York
Founded in 1879, The Bowery Mission provides help and hope to the homeless and impoverished in NYC for 137 years. Our group will assist with food prep for the Saturday Lunch and for the rest of the week. Volunteers will help serve lunch and do some light clean-up afterwards. Davis Rosborough ’06 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be 15 years or older. (Shift 1) 9:30AM-12:30PM, (Shift 2) 12:30PM – 2:30PM.
Southside Community Land Trust, Providence, RI
Since 1981, Southside Community Land Trust has worked to make fresh, healthy, and affordable food available to all in Greater Providence. We provide access to land, resources, and education so that people can grow their own food and together create equitable community food systems. Volunteers will help us to staff our special event, the “Neighborhood Urban Ag-Kick Off.” Tasks may include set-up/take-down, greeting visitors, and helping shovel compost. Both physical and less physical tasks are available. The day will end with a thank-you social hour at the SCLT office, with an optional tour of our nearby community gardens and City Farm. This project is physically active and will require appropriate dress (closed toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty). Laura Bozzi ’99 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be 12 years and older. 10:15AM – 3:00PM.
The Mary Lyon Foundation, Shelburne Falls, MA
The Mary Lyon Foundation Inc, est. in 1990, incorporated in 1991, supports all aspects of quality education in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne. Volunteers may serve by choosing from an array of tasks: office work, filing, and work bee to stuff envelopes. Could include tuning a piano, cleaning. Sue Samoriski, P’94 will be the DA point of contact on site. Volunteers should be high-school age or older. 1:00PM – 3:00PM.