By USM Public Affairs Intern Caitlin Sackville
March 14 marked the 5th annual USM Husky Day of Service, which partnered students, faculty and staff with local community organizations in the Greater Portland area, where they performed various service projects. The Office of Community Based Learning has sponsored the event annually.
Volunteers tutored English as a Second Language at King Middle School, while others worked with the Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Foundation, helping families move furniture into their new homes. Among the 16 participating organizations were the Animal Refuge League, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Preble Street Resource Center, and STRIVE U.
Volunteers met for breakfast and a welcoming rally at the Woodbury Campus Center early on Friday morning before they broke into groups and departed to various locations. This year’s event was reported to be the largest, with nearly 200 participants from the USM community contributing 459 hours of community service. Volunteers posted photos of their efforts on the Day Of Service Facebook page to help spread the word about the organizations doing great work for the Greater Portland community.
Stay tuned for the date of USM’s 2015 Husky Day of Service!