On April 14, in recognition of National Volunteer Week, 292 University of Southern Maine students, faculty, staff and alumni logged 876 hours of community service for USM's 8th annual Husky Day of Service.
Volunteers assisted local nonprofits in Portland, Auburn, South Portland, Westbrook and Scarborough at 27 project sites including the Animal Refuge League, Center for Grieving Children, Cultivating Community, Goodwill LifeWorks Deaf Services, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Maine Veterans Home, Frannie Peabody Center, Partners for World Health, Portland Gear Hub, SPACE Gallery, STRIVE and Preble Street.
Volunteers completed a variety of projects, from bagging compost, cleaning train cars, organizing medical supplies and library scripts, to assembling Easter egg and safer sex kits and fixing children's bikes.
“The Husky Day of Service exemplifies a day of collaboration. We had 27 community partners hosting projects, 11 local sponsors that provided fuel for the day, and 292 students, staff, faculty, and alumni working together to make Greater Portland and Auburn a place that we want to live,” said Samantha Frisk, USM’s Service Learning Coordinator. “Not only does the day support community organizations that invest in positive change in our communities, but it’s also an opportunity for the USM community to become aware of local critical issues, while having fun and connecting with one another.”
The Husky Day of Service is organized by the Community Engagement and Career Development office at USM.
A complete list of this year’s community partners and projects can be found here.
To see photos from Husky Day of Service, view the Facebook album here.
To see coverage from WCSH-TV, click here.