Global Days of Service | Projects

University of Rochester
Global Days of Service

September 2022


Albany Regional Food Bank Donation Sorting

Albany, NY
Saturday, September 17
Organized by MaryAnna Krewson ’16
Help fill the shelves with food and pantry items at the Regional Food Bank of Albany.

Anacostia Riverkeeper

Washington, DC
Saturday, September 17
Organized by the Washington D.C. Network Leadership Council
Join volunteers on International Coastal Cleanup Day to learn about, connect with, and care for the Anacostia River.

American Red Cross Boston Food Pantry

Boston, MA
Saturday, September 10
Organized by Harsh Singh ’12 (MS), ’13S (MBA)
Help a neighbor in need by handing out food to hundreds of underprivileged families with the Boston Food Pantry.

Baltimore Hunger Project Packing & Sorting

Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, September 20
Organized by the Baltimore Network Leaders
Help Baltimore Hunger Project provide nourishing meals to children in the community. 

BookSmiles Book Bank

Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, September 24
Organized by Larry Abrams ’89
Change lives and encourage childhood literacy by participating in a book sorting party!

Cancer Support Community

Rochester, NY 
Sunday, September 25
Organized by Vivian Palladoro ’76W (MS), ’97W (EdD) and the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council
Share your time and help refresh the Cancer Support Community grounds. 

people holding food


New York, NY
Saturday, September 10
Organized by Matt Hershfield ’15, Arden Witheford ’12, and the New York City Young Alumni Council
Help deliver meals and smiles to homebound elderly New Yorkers.


Chicago, IL
Tuesday, September 27
Organized by Luis Zamudio ’15
Help guide Scholars in crafting their personal statements and essays for college applications.

Coastal Clean-Up Day

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 17
Organized by Shawnessy Dusseau ’04
Join in this annual tradition to help save Ocean Beach.

Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, September 17
Organized by Patrick Lutz ’10 
Join local Yellowjacket volunteers and Heal the Bay in protecting our beautiful coastline against marine pollution.

Cradles to Crayons

Boston, MA
Tuesday, September 27
Organized by Mike Wehle ’94, P’25
Join fellow volunteers at The Giving Factory Warehouse to inspect, sort, and package donated children’s items that will be distributed to children in the Boston area.

Diaper Wrapping Party

Rochester, NY
Saturday, September 17
Organized by Antra Ziedins-Gilbank ’98 
Join fellow volunteers in becoming diaper wrapping experts by bundling diapers and diapering supplies.


Honeoye Falls, NY
Thursday, September 22
Organized by Jane Tuttle ’79N, ’84N
Lend a hand with a variety of tasks to make the organization’s biggest annual event the best it can be.

Finger Lakes Invasive Brush Removal

Ithaca, NY
Saturday, September 24
Organized by Annie Podkaminer ’06
Remove bush honeysuckle and autumn olive to enhance the wildlife habitat and encourage native plant diversity on the preserve.


Rochester, NY
Monday, September 19
Organized by Eleanor Oi ’13S (MBA)
Join fellow Rochester Yellowjackets at Foodlink to inspect and sort donation items before they are distributed to the community.

Genesee Land Trust

Rochester, NY
Saturday, September 17
Organized by Lorna Wright '99
Volunteers will help maintain the trail system by spreading mulch along the trail. 

Mt. Hope Cemetery Beautification

Rochester, NY
Sunday, September 25
Organized by Caitlin Olfano ’12 and the Rochester Young Alumni Council
Preserve the beauty and history of this special place by joining Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery for guided landscaping and maintenance.

Philabundance Food Sorting

Philadelphia, PA
Friday, September 9
Organized by Michael Lehrberger ‘88
Help Philabundance to sort and package donated food items that will be distributed through their programs and agency.

Philabundance Meal Distribution

Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, September 10
Organized by Michael Lehrberger ‘88
Help a neighbor in need with Philabundance by handing out meals to community members experiencing homelessness. 

Philadelphia FDR Park Clean-Up

Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, September 17
Organized by Marcelina Martynek ’18 and the Philadelphia Young Alumni Council
Help clean one of Philadelphia's largest and most beautiful parks.

Global Days of Service Reclaim Our Vote

Sudbury, MA
Saturday, September 24
Organized by Leader Erika Illiano’97

Rochester Academy Charter School

Rochester, NY
Saturday, August 27
Organized by Heather Eysaman ’05W (MS), ’15W (AC), ’25W (EdD)
Help staff to ready their classrooms and the buildings to welcome students.

Rock Creek Weed Wrangle

Washington, D.C.
Saturday, September 24
Organized by Brandon Pachman ’20, ’21 (MA) and the Washington, D.C. Young Alumni Council
Help keep Rock Creek Park beautiful for everyone to enjoy by removing non-native invasive plants with the Rock Creek Conservancy, as part of their second annual Weed Wrangle.

Southampton Street Shelter

Boston, MA
Saturday, September 10
Organized by Rachel Goodman ’20, Isabel Rothman ‘19 and the Boston Young Alumni Council
Help to prepare and serve lunch to shelter guests. 

Second Harvest Food Bank

Madison, WI
Saturday, September 10
Organized by Morgan Kath ’16
Volunteer to help pack boxes, sort produce, and support a community in need at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Albany Regional Food Bank

September 1-30
Organized by MaryAnna Krewson ’16
Help fill the shelves with food and pantry items at the Regional Food Bank of Albany.

A Million Thanks

September 1–23
Organized by Barbara Macey ’81, ’87 (MS)
Join us in passing even higher milestones by writing letters and messages of appreciation to our military, past and present, throughout the month of September.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

September 1-30 | Drop off donations.
A special thank you to Melissa Kerbel ’82 and Louisa Lei ’15 from the NY Metro Women Steering Committee for organizing this site! Support BBSLI by donating gently used or new clothing and household items throughout the month of September.

Virtual Projects: Participate from anywhere!

Dress for Success

Jamaica, NY
Organized by Melissa Kerbel ’82 and Louisa Lei ’15
Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Feeding Westchester

September 1–30
Metro NYC Network Leadership Co-Chairs Emily Hart ’12 and John Pershing ’10 
Make mealtime fun and healthy for kids in the community by donating Help from Home meal bags throughout the month to Feeding Westchester.

Little Free Libraries

September 1-30
Organized by Hannah Ramsey ’11W
Build a sense of community and inspire readers by joining the world’s largest book-sharing movement no matter where you live. 

Notes of Encouragement

September 1-30
Organized by the Baltimore Network Leaders
Get out your crafting supplies and create positive notes with words of encouragement for the more than 1,000 area children that the Baltimore Hunger Project provides meals for every weekend.

UR Libraries Transcription Project

September 1–30
Organized by Michelle Bass ’07
Partner with University Libraries to transcribe important historical letters from the 19th century.

Independent Projects

If doing in-person service, we urge you to use your best judgement, practice social distancing, and follow guidelines provided by your local authorities and the CDC in relation to the coronavirus.