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Golden Flashes to Come Together for Alumni Day of ServicePosted Mar. 31, 2014
Kent State University alumni across the nation will come together to volunteer for the Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, April 12.
“Alumni Day of Service came about because we wanted an opportunity for our alumni to give back to the community while having the chance to mingle with other Kent State alumni and community members,” says Lisa Mascellino, assistant director of outreach for Alumni Relations.
Participants can choose to volunteer at one of the 12 volunteer sites. Sites in Ohio include Haven of Rest in Akron, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Kent, Loaves & Fishes in Ravenna, Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, Lake County Historical Society in Painesville and YWCA in Canton. Other sites outside of Ohio include Food & Friends in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, the Phoenix Zoo and Habitat for Humanity in Tampa, FL.
Jamie Rhoads, ’06, will be participating for the second year in a row. This year, she will be volunteering at Loaves & Fishes in Ravenna. Rhoads and her husband decided to participate in this event as a way to give back to the community and be involved with Kent State.
“The people are my favorite part of volunteering,” says Rhoads. “I love being able to put a face to the cause and actually interact with the people we are there to help. Their stories are heartfelt and courageous, and it really puts things in perspective. I leave feeling that I met some amazing people and got lucky enough to make their day a little brighter.”
Last year, 177 alumni volunteers logged 621 hours of service across the nation.
“Each year, we have more volunteers,” Mascellino says. “We hope to keep branching out and making the event larger.”
For more information about volunteer sites, times and registration, visit www.ksualumni.org/serviceday2014.