The third Saint Michael's College Community Service Day has drawn some 140 employees volunteering to do a variety of service activities for the day, Thursday, May 17, both on and off the Colchester-based campus. Participants were encouraged to join in the "opportunity to come together with your colleagues and to give back to your community."
Service activities from 9 AM to 12 noon will be followed by lunch and Annual Staff Awards Ceremony in Alliot Hall that will honor six employees for their commitment, service and dedication. The six to be honored were nominated by their colleagues, and will be identified for the first time at the ceremony.
"This project celebrates the Saint Michael's community by doing good work together," said Angela Irvine, director of foundation relations and service-day team member.
Participants, including vice presidents, cafeteria workers, computer specialists, librarians, professors and others, will be doing the following activities:
- SMC Residence Halls: Cleaning to prepare for students and rapid turnaround time of dorm space due to construction. This job is crucial given a time crunch and it elicited the most volunteers. Some 50 people will be assigned to clean out student rooms, sorting anything left that can be given to the Salvation Army, Recycling, etc., and cleaning.
- SMC Community Garden: gardening/planting
- SMC Flowers/Word Garden: inventory and planting
- SMC Archives: assisting with archives
- SMC Child Care Center: Cleaning and yard work
- COTS Family Shelter: Cleaning and yard work
- All Breed Dog Rescue: Dog walking and kennel cleaning
- Camp Ta-Kum-Ta: Cleaning and preparing for summer programs
- Ronald MacDonald House: Cooking a meal for the families
- Catamount Family Center: New trail building/trail maintenance
- Shelburne Museum: Gardening
- Rock Point School: Cleaning and yard work
- Baked Love: baking goodies for people in the community
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St. Mike's employees were interviewed at various work sites. See the interview