This special program presents individuals and alumni groups across the country with opportunities to perform service-oriented tasks that benefit their local communities in the name of Penn State.
Last year several thousand people from 85 alumni groups in 20 states and the District of Columbia participated in community service projects. With a membership of more than 135,000 alumni, the Penn State Alumni Association is the first alumni body to undertake a weeklong nationwide community service initiative.
This year, participants from 94 alumni organizations in 28 states and the District of Columbia will do volunteer work.
Projects will include housing construction with Habitat for Humanity; volunteer work at blood drives and in homeless shelters, collection of food for food banks, beautification projects at senior centers and adult daycare centers, and highway cleanup programs, in addition to assisting with events at established programs like Special Olympics, Second Mile Golf and public broadcasting stations.
Last year's efforts garnered the Penn State Alumni Association first place honors for community service in the 1995 Awards of Excellence: Chapter Relations Program from the American Society of Association Executives.
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