2015 Yale Day of Service

  • Champaign, IL: Members of the Yale community came together to work at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. This groups has been doing Yale Day of Service since its inception and is now planning to work with the Food Bank on a more regular basis to get fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market to needy families in Illinois.
  • Cincinnati, OH: Yale volunteers from the Cincinnati Yale Club joined the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful campaign to help clean up the Oakley neighborhood.
  • San Francisco, CA: Through the new international alumni group The Architect is In, Yale-affiliated architects joined with Yale-affiliated non-profit organizations to brainstorm how architects can serve their local non-profit organizations in need of architecture, planning, and design services.
  • Austin, TX: While the painting project scheduled for the Yale Day of Service in Austin was rained out, the volunteers gathered anyway and enjoyed the camaraderie of 5 decades of Yalies, including a current student!
  • New York, NY: For the fifth year in a row, members of the Yale community in New York City volunteered at the Bowery Mission. They prepped food and served lunch to the Mission's residents. This site is also an ongoing project for the Yale Alumni Association of New York.
  • Chicago, IL: The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses throughout Cook County that address the root causes of hunger. Yale volunteers helped repacking donated food and other products.
  • Cleveland, OH: Volunteers helped to set up for the largest fundraiser of the year for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
  • New Haven, CT: As part of the Centennial celebration for the Yale School of Public Health, members of the faculty, staff and administration worked beside current students from the School at the Connecticut Food Bank.
  • Dominican Republic: Yale alumni and friends gathered at the St. George School for a breakfast before spending the day volunteering with students in the community of La Ciénega in Santo Domingo through the organization Servir-D directed by Yale alumna Julia Bucher.
  • Lincoln, MA: Drumlin Farm is a wildlife sanctuary and farm operated by The Massachusetts Audubon Society. Yale volunteers helped with planting crops, removing invasive species, and clearing the site’s hiking trails.
  • New Haven, CT: Partnering with Friends of East Rock Park Members and the Park Ranger, Yale alumni and friends came together for spring park maintenance, including clearing brush, planting bulbs, and raking.
  • San Francisco, CA: At Glide Memorial Church, Yale volunteers prepared over 600 bagged lunches and did the prep for the weekend meals for over 2000 of Glide’s clients. The site was co-sponsored by the Yale Club of San Francisco and the Yale Black Alumni Association.
  • Grand Rapids, MI: Yale volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity and worked on framing a house for a hard working couple who are investing sweat equity in their new home. Support for this building project will also help restore Westside neighborhoods of Grand Rapids.
  • Madrid, Spain: Members of the Yale community helped to collect donations for the Madrid Food Bank in their first ever Yale Day of Service project.
  • Washington, DC: The Little Lights Urban Ministries Saturday Program offers students a safe, fun place to spend their unstructured weekend hours. For the Yale Day of Service, students who dropped in at the Potomac Gardens Center were paired with a Yale volunteer “buddy” and spent a few hours playing games or sports, reading, and doing arts and crafts.
  • New Haven, CT: A happy young New Haven resident with one of the volunteers at the New Haven Health & Wellness Block Party. This community health fair is held annually on the Yale Day of Service and provides the Dixwell and surrounding neighborhoods with free services, education, & resources related to health and well-being.
  • Orlando, FL: Volunteers from the Yale Alumni Association of Central Florida work with students from Millie Rae Elementary School who were recently inducted into their brand new honor society. Mollie Ray Elementary School was once an “F” school, but things are turning around due to the involvement of Yale alumni and other community volunteers.
  • Philippines: Yale volunteers joined the kids of Palola slum in the Manila North Port area for a morning of play.
  • Miami, FL: The Yale Day of Service has had a partnership with Urban Paradise Guild since 2009. UPG re-creates native habitats in the Urban areas of Miami-Dade County and promotes sustainable models for healthy living that safeguard, enhance and integrate the human and natural worlds for the benefit of both. On the Day of Service, families with young children worked in the Nursery, transplanting young seedlings to larger pots for full growth, while adults did some work in the garden.
  • Boston, MA: More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. Yale volunteers helped by ‘pre-sorting’ book donations into various categories and then scanning them into the online inventory system.
  • Brooklyn, NY: PortSide New York is a living lab for better urban waterways which advances educational, cultural and job training programs as well as neighborhood promotion programs with an aquatic theme. Volunteers assisted in preservation work on PortSide’s Ambassador, the oil tanker Mary A. Whalen, including moving out contents in preparation for sanding & painting.
  • New York, NY: Publicolor is a non-profit organization providing design-based programs to at-risk youth and bringing vibrant color to institutional public spaces. Paint Club, Publicolor’s gateway program, is an innovative after-school program for under-performing inner-city schools. Participants transform their own institutional-looking schools and nearby community facilities by painting them with vibrant colors that they’ve selected together. Yale volunteers joined students from a NYC high school to transform their school into a vibrant, encouraging atmosphere.
  • Rockaway, NY: Friends of Rockaway is a community-based non-profit organization founded in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaway Peninsula. Operating with our national partner St. Bernard Project, Yale alumni joined Friends of Rockaway in rebuilding homes for Sandy survivors who were impacted by the storm.
  • New York, NY: Yale volunteers help with a fundraising tag sale for the Ronald McDonald House of New York. The Ronald McDonald House provides families a range of services including psychological care, wellness programs, art, music, tutors, and more to assist children and their families as the children battle cancer.
  • Albequerque, NM: The Storehouse is New Mexico’s largest food pantry which provides food and clothing to people who are struggling. Yale alumni volunteers sorted food and helped with other tasks that help the Storehouse in their mission to meet the needs of their clients.
  • Branford, CT: Yale Day of Service volunteers from the Yale School of Public Health as part of their Centennial Year celebration. They were on Horse Island, a 17-acre island owned by Yale's Peabody Museum that is part of the Thimble Island archipelago 1.5 miles offshore from Stony Creek, Connecticut. Morning and afternoon sessions focused on cleanup of the intertidal zone, trail cutting and invasive species removal.
  • Washington, DC: Site Coordinator Ted Kim ‘95 and his "buddy" at Little Lights Urban Ministries.
  • Buffalo, NY: Yale alumni and friends work on improving the vegetable gardens they installed at VIVE two years ago as part of the Yale Day of Service. VIVE is a shelter and assistance program for refugees looking to stay in the United States or Canada.
  • Dallas, TX: Vogel Alcove provides free quality child development services for homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Members of the Yale community, inluding many families with children, helped by building “Bye-bye bags," snack bags given to the children as they leave for the day when it may be quite some time before they are able to get back to the shelter or their transitional apartment and have a meal.
  • Waban, MA: Yale alumni and their families painted clay pots and filled them with spring flowers. They then delivered the plants to Waban Health and Rehabilitation Center where our yearly visit brings smiles to the faces of the elderly residents.
  • Silver Spring, MD: Yale alumni getting ready to take out a truck to pick up furniture donations for the low income clients of Wider Circle. Many of the clients are transitioning out of homelessness so are living in apartments and houses that are empty. They are often sleeping on bare floors and keep their clothes in garbage bags, so the donation and delivery of furniture makes a big difference in their lives.
  • Minneapolis, MN: Wingspan Life Resources is a non-profit organization that offers residential care in group homes and in-home programs to adults with developmental disabilities. Yale volunteers painted some of the rooms (and apparently each other!) in a resident’s facility which was was built in 1957 and usually accommodates four residents.
  • Bronx, NY: World Vision works to fill basic needs that many Americans take for granted, providing families in need with essentials such as personal hygiene products, household cleaning items, clothing, and school supplies. Organized by the Yale Latino Alumni Association of the Tri-State, volunteers sorted clothes for the group.
  • Salt Lake City, UT: A hardy group of alumni and their families volunteered at the YWCA in Salt Lake City where they had two projects: working in the gardens outside and helping distribute donated clothing as well as Mother's Day gift bags.
  • New Haven, CT: As part of the Yale School of Public Health Centennial, Yale volunteers conducted one-on-one scripted interviews with clients of the non-profit Leeway to document the part the organization has played in their lives, Leeway promotes quality of life and dignity for people living with AIDS/HIV by providing inpatient and community treatment options and holistic care.
May 9, 2015