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National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 2013

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    Join Alumni Relations and Magis for National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                       

    Online registration is now closed, but you can still participate. Send an email to, to sign up today!

    You’ll join Seattle University alumni and alumni of other Jesuit colleges and universities in fulfilling our shared Jesuit mission, which is rooted in service, by participating in a volunteer project at one of several service sites .  After a brief registration and welcome at Seattle U, groups of volunteers will head off to their service site for a few hours of service work, followed by lunch and reflection on the day.

    What’s National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service all about?  Building up our community.  Serving  people in communities on the margins.  Fostering equality.

    Mission: The National Jesuit Service Initiative seeks to foster the ongoing formation of men and women for others. The initiative engages graduates across the nation in shared service that demonstrates the life-changing and enduring power of a Jesuit education.

    Participate along side these local alumni chapters  :

    -          Marquette University

    -          University of San Francisco

    -          Santa Clara University

    Seattle Service Sites & Descriptions  2013

    This year’s theme is food justice and service sites that Alumni Relations and Magis are partnering with focus on work that relates to this theme.

    When you register , you will be asked for your first and second preferences for service sites so please review the list below.
    NOTE: The services sites are within walking distance of Seattle U. For those who prefer to drive, we recommend carpooling.


    Alleycat Acres (MLK + Cherry) (Site Volunteer Capacity - 20)
    SITE A

    Alleycat Acres
    (22nd & Union) (Site Volunteer Capacity - 20)
    SITE B

    AlleyCat Acres is a grassroots, 100% volunteer powered urban farming collective in Seattle.  They were founded in 2009 and since then, have worked with volunteer and landowners within Seattle to convert unused space in to community run farms with the mission of reconnecting people, place, and produce.  In a short two years, more than 400 individuals have contributed over 2,000 hours to grow more than 2,000 pounds of food — that feeds everyone who had helped grow it and who live in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, CAMP and the Beacon Avenue Food Bank are current partners where the farmers donate extra produce to via bicycle. Volunteers will be helping plant at the two sites as well as prepare grounds for spring. This location welcomes children, as long as they are accompanied by their parents.

    Yesler Terrace (Site Volunteer Capacity - 30)
    SITE C

    Yesler Terrace is a 22-acre public housing development in Seattle, that at the time of its completion in 1941, was the state's first public housing development and the first racially integrated public housing development in the United States.  The neighborhood is currently a culturally diverse community with many immigrant families, English learners, and first-time home owners. Join other alumni and Yesler Terrace residents for a neighborhood clean-up and beautification project and learn how food justice plays an important, perhaps less obvious part in this community. This locations welcomes children age 7 and up, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Yesler Farm - Seattle Neighborhood Group (Site Volunteer Capacity - 30)
    SITE D

    Yesler Farm works to create sustainable food and soil products to support and improve access to food in the Yesler community. Yesler Farm works with a ½ acre of land to expand food production and build a green community as well as to increase awareness about green jobs, food systems, and economic opportunities for those of color in under-represented areas of Seattle. The Yesler Terrace Urban Demonstration Farm, at 825 Yesler Way, is a program of Creatives4Community, the organization behind GroundUp, a revolutionary green jobs training program that teaches food awareness, soil management, waste water, and compost training to high school-aged residents of Yesler Terrace.  Volunteers will be helping with farm weeding and planting. This locations welcomes children age 7 and up, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    St. Mary's Foodbank (Site Volunteer Capacity - 10) CAPACITY REACHED 
    SITE E

    The Food Bank at St. Mary’s offers food assistance to families in Seattle through both a Walk-In Program and Home Delivery Program. Within their Walk-In Program, they operate three programs: A No Cook Program which offers bags of satiating and easy to prepare products that are appropriate for the homeless population; a Baby Corner, which operates during the first full week of each month and provides diapers, formula and baby food to families with babies and Toddler Bags, which are distributed daily, that offer food bags for families with children aged 2-5.  Volunteers will assist with distribution of food, checking-in clients, and sorting food items.
    This locations welcomes children 7-15, as long as they accompany their parents.

    St. Francis House (Site Volunteer Capacity - 10) CAPACITY REACHED 
    SITE F

    St. Francis House provides basic essentials like bags, backpacks, clean clothes and references to community services for the homeless, mentally ill, veterans and the working poor in Seattle all shared freely with an attitude of hospitality.  Volunteers will be helping to organize donations, deep clean the hospitality space, and assist with landscaping.