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Swept up in Service

Written by Gaby Aguayo, '13
August 31, 2012

A record-breaking 116 faculty and staff participated in SU Service Day on Aug. 24. The Office of Human Resources and Center for Service and Community Engagement joined forces to make the day possible. Employees fanned out to no fewer than nine sites to provide all kinds of help to our community partners and reconvened for lunch on the Union Green. Here's a rundown of the organizations where faculty and staff served and the work they did. (For a gallery of photos taken on Service Day, visit SU's Facebook page.)

Centerstone (formerly Central Area Motivation Program): Centerstone is dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency through programs and advocacy. Volunteers helped the administrative staff with filing and moving items to and from storage.

El Centro de la Raza: El Centro de la Raza's mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors through service and advocacy. They operate various community programs such as a food bank, youth tutoring and financial literacy classes. Volunteers helped with grounds work and gardening at el Centro's location in Beacon Hill as well as assisting in preparations for their upcoming 40th anniversary celebration.

Washington Middle School: Volunteers (left) worked with the school's PTSA to clean-up the grounds of the school in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Community Lunch on Capitol Hill: Community Lunch on Capitol Hill provides hot, nutritious meals to Seattle residents in need several times a week, serving on average 300 meals at each lunch. Volunteers helped with food preparations for lunch the day. 

Mary's Place: Mary's Place is a day center for homeless women and children that meets the immediate needs of women and children with meals, clothing and day shelter as well as long-term assistance such as housing and employment assistance. Volunteers got to meet Mary's Place clients as well as help sort food and clean the kitchen area.

Seattle Tilth: Seattle Tilth works to support healthy urban environments and communities by encouraging local organic food production and environmental education. They have several community gardens which they maintain in Seattle. Volunteers worked at the garden in Bradner Gardens Park and learned about sustainable organic gardening.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance: Located just off campus, Lifelong AIDS Alliance works to empower people with HIV/AIDs and other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. They provide education, advocacy and services for Seattle residence living with AIDS/HIV. Volunteers helped Lifelong pack grocery bags to be delivered and picked up by Lifelong clients.

Pratt Fine Arts Center: Located in the Central Distict, Pratt makes the visual arts accessible to everyone by providing art instruction, tools and facilities to the community. Volunteers assisted Pratt with grounds and facilities cleanup including gardening and painting in preparation for their upcoming open house.

Neighborhood House: Neighborhood House combats the challenges associated with poverty by providing community health services, early childhood and adult education, and housing assistance to those in need at several locations in Seattle. Volunteers worked at their nearby offices to assist administrative staff.