3rd Annual Michigan Law
Alumni & Friends Service Day

Bringing alumni together in cities around the country during the same weekend while highlighting a spirit of service and specifically the UMLS legacy of service.

 

Anchorage, AK
Food Bank of Alaska (FBA)
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Team Leaders: Diane Wendlandt, ’87 and William Evans, ’92
RSVP by e-mail

Who: We will be volunteering at the Food Bank of Alaska. FBA is dedicated to eliminating hunger in Alaska by obtaining and providing food to partner agencies feeding needy Alaskans.

What: Volunteers will be working in the Food Bank’s warehouse, sorting and shelving donated food and packing food boxes that are distributed to senior citizens and other persons qualifying for food assistance.

Where: Food Bank of Alaska, 2121 Spar Avenue, Anchorage.   The warehouse is located in the industrial area just north of downtown Anchorage. A map can be found on the Food Bank’s website.  According to its website, FBA provides limited parking for staff, volunteers and partner agency shoppers. To avoid parking issues, we may try to coordinate carpooling from downtown. (We will have details on possible carpooling later.) FBA asks that people not block loading docks or roadways. If the FBA parking lot is full, you may park across the street at Puget Sound Plumbing and Pipe, or next door at West Coast Paper.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What to bring: Please wear appropriate attire. No open-toed shoes or tank tops are allowed in the warehouse at any time. Dress in comfortable clothing and wear comfortable shoes (the concrete floors are hard on your feet). The warehouse is not cold, but you may want to dress in layers to meet your individual needs. Coats and jackets should be left in the break room, not draped on racking or pallets in the work areas. Tie back long hair and don’t wear dangling jewelry. No supplies or tools are needed.

Additional information: Children six and older are welcome to volunteer.  Due to safety concerns, no one under the age of six is allowed in the warehouse. Also, any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.  Lunch will be provided onsite by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the end of the volunteer shift. 

 

Chicago - FULL
Growing Power
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Team Leaders: Lamont Walton, ’75 and Jeannine Sims, ’06
RSVP:  Please e-mail if you would like to be placed on the wait list

Who: We will be working with Growing Power, Inc., a national nonprofit organization and land trust that strives to support people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstrations, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

What: Volunteers will be working at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm location performing farming, gardening, and/or light construction projects.  Please expect to handle materials and perform tasks such as moving wood chips and building growing beds.

Where (Note Location Change):  Chicago Lights Urban Farm – a community garden in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood.  The farm is located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Street, just two blocks east of Halsted.  Parking is available on-site and near the farm.  The farm is close to the Brown and Redline stops on Chicago Avenue.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What to bring: Volunteers may feel free to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, work gloves (if you want clean, unused gloves), and rain gear (depending on weather).  Growing Power will supply all the tools we will need to work.  Long pants and shirt are recommended.  Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools.  Volunteers will get dirty and should be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather.  Valuables should be not be brought to farm as there is no place to secure them.  Phones, keys, and wallets will need to be placed in pockets during volunteer opportunity. 

Additional information: Lunch will be provided onsite by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations after the volunteer shift. 

 

Denver
Families First
9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Team Leader: Sarah Seedig, ’05
RSVP by e-mail

Who: Families First is an organization that focuses on strengthening families by educating and empowering parents while nurturing children with the goal to end child abuse and neglect.  This is a timely volunteer activity as April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and also Families First 25th anniversary. 

What:  We will be working with Families First at their Family Center on gardening and outdoor improvements.   

Where: The Family Center is located at 2163 S. Yosemite, Denver, CO 80231. Parking is available onsite.

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Family Center promptly at 9:45 a.m. for a brief orientation before work begins.

What to bring:  Families First has limited tools and encourages volunteers to bring gloves, blowers, rakes, and other gardening tools if they can. Volunteers may feel free to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and rain gear (depending on the weather. Long pants and shirt are recommended. Close-toed shoes are required because you may be working with sharp tools. Volunteers wil get dirty and should be prepared for warm, cold, or wet weather.    

Additional information: Children aged 8 years and older are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian. Lunch will be provided onsite by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. More details to follow.

 

Honolulu, HI
Lyon Arboretum
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Team Leader: Mary Wong, ’84
RSVP by e-mail

Who:  We will be volunteering with the University of Hawaii’I Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  The University of Hawai’i Lyon Arboretum and Botanical Garden is the only university botanical garden located in a tropical rainforest in the United States as well as the only easily accessible tropical rainforest on the island of O'ahu. The arboretum consists of almost 200 acres at the top of the Manoa watershed with a set of small cottages and greenhouses used for research and community education about plants and the natural environments of Hawai'i. Nestled deep in Manoa Valley on the Island of O'ahu, the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a leader in the fields or Conservation Biology, Ethnobotany and Horticulture.  Lyon Arboretum maintains a world renowned collection of more than 5,000 tropical plant species including one of the largest palm collections found in a botanical garden; supports Hawai'i's horticultural and agriculture industries; and works to preserve and restore Hawai'i's tropical forests.

What:  We will be working on various projects at the Arboretum which may include gardening, weeding, cleaning, and organizing. 

Where:  Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawai`i-Manoa, 3860 Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI, 96822 (located at the end of Manoa Road, past Paradise Park). 

Driving Directions

Coming from King Street (driving east)
Turn left on Punahou St., past Punahou School, take the left fork (Manoa Road) and continue up the valley, staying on Manoa Road until it ends just beyond Paradise Park. Entrance to the Lyon Arboretum is at the end of Manoa Road.

Coming from University Avenue
Drive up the valley (mauka) past the University of Hawai`i. University Ave. narrows at the top of the hill and turns into Oahu Ave. Continue mauka on Oahu Ave. At the five-way intersection, take Manoa Road, and follow it to the end, just beyond Paradise Park. Our driveway is at the end of Manoa Road.

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

What to bring:  Please dress appropriately for weather which can vary at the work site.  Generally having a poncho or rain jacket is very good insurance.  Comfortable walking shoes, (should be closed-toe), bug spray, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle.

Additional Information:  Lunch will be provided by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.  Children aged 15 and over are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian. 

 

Los Angeles
Heal the Bay
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Team Leader: Julia Trankiem, '03 
RSVP by e-mail

Who:   We will be volunteering with Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters safe and clean, on a river cleanup day. 

What: Volunteers will be working with Heal the Bay on the 22nd Annual Great L.A. River Cleanup.

Where: The Taylor Yard Cleanup site is located at 1555 San Fernando Road, next to Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Metro lines 90/91 or Metroline 94 on San Fernando Road are most convenient for this location. In addition, biking directions can be found on their website.

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What to bring: Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, clothes to get dirty in, closed toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, and a reusable drinking water bottle.  Optional items to bring are rubber boots or waders, hand tools for prying trash from vegetation, or an extendable grabber arm tool.  

Additional information:  Volunteers must be 12 years old or accompanied by a parent. Lunch will be provided onsite by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the end of the volunteer shift. Heal the Bay would like all volunteers to bring a signed release form.

 

New York - FULL
Publicolor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Team Leaders: Barbara Mendelson, ’81 and Chris Lee, ’09
RSVP:  Please e-mail if you would like to be placed on the wait list

Who: We will be working with Publicolor, a nonprofit organization that paints at various public schools in the different boroughs of New York City.  Publicolor’s mission includes improving education in youth by promoting an imaginative use of color in school buildings.  Supported by volunteers, they transform at least nine struggling schools every year.

What: We will be volunteering on a painting project at Jamaica High School in Queens.  Volunteers are paired alongside students from the school.  Publicolor asks that you take time with the students to discuss the career and education choices you have made.  This informal mentoring is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers and students!

Where: Jamaica High School is located at 167-01 Gothic Drive, Queens, NY 11432 on the west side of 168th Street a few blocks up from Hillside Avenue and Grand Central Parkway. From Midtown, you may take the F line towards 179th Street - Jamaica (approximately 30 minutes, 11 stops) then walk uphill (north) on 168th Street from Hillside Avenue (approximately 8 minutes).

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to bring: No need to bring anything, just please wear clothing you don't mind getting paint on.  Publicolor uses odor-free latex paint that will wash out of your hair and skin, but not out of your clothes.  Gloves for painting will be provided.  Volunteers may feel free to bring a water bottle.  In an effort to teach students good work habits, Publicolor asks that volunteers refrain from using cell phones while painting. 

Additional information:  Children age 16 and older are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided onsite to all volunteers.   

 

Orange County, CA
Illumination Foundation
8:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Team Leaders: Anna Strasburg Davis, '99, Kendra Miller, '99, Michael A. Weinbaum, ’80, Dave Wiechert, '80
RSVP by e-mail

Who: Illumination Foundation, which provides shelter and services to homeless families in Orange County. 

What: We will be working on an organization project in the donation/storage area of the facility.  Illumination Foundation (“IF”) receives donations of clothing, furniture, housewares, and other items.  Once per month they clean out the storage area and inventory the contents.  The donations go to the homeless families that they help.  After our storage organization/clean out is complete, we will take donations to some of the families at one of their nearby shelters. We will work on the organizing project from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Then, we will travel to a homeless shelter (most likely in Anaheim) to deliver goods to homeless families.  After the donations have been delivered, we will share a pizza lunch with residents.  We will depart the shelter at 1:30 p.m. and return to IF in Irvine to retrieve individual vehicles and will be done for the day. 

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011.  8:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Illumination Foundation, 2961 Richter Ave., Suite 107, Irvine, CA

Additional information: A pizza lunch will be provided by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. 

 

San Francisco - Full
Habitat for Humanity East Bay
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Team Leaders: Richard Helzberg, ’65 and Mitoshi Fujio-White, ’07 
RSVP:  Please e-mail if you would like to be placed on the wait list

Who: We will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity East Bay.  Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity East Bay was formed as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Our mission is to create successful homeownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building sustainable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods.

What: We will be rebuilding a foreclosed home.  No construction experience is necessary!  This is part of a federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program that is attempting to deal with the housing crisis.  Habitat receives some federal funding to go in and purchase homes that are foreclosed and becoming run down, fix them up, and sell them to Habitat owners.  It's particularly appealing because most people feel helpless with respect to the housing crisis, but this is a hands-on project with direct impact on the neighborhood - improving valuation of surrounding homes, avoiding crime arising from boarded up homes.  

Where: 27722 Havana Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544

When: Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What to bring: Volunteers are welcome to bring tools should they wish.  However, Habitat for Humanity will provide tools and safety equipment as well.  Work clothes and sturdy, close-toed shoes are requested.  Volunteers may wish to also bring a refillable water bottle.

Additional information: Volunteers will need to sign a waiver form that can be completed upon arrival, and serves as a check in list.  All volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and anyone under 18 must print out a waiver form and have it signed by their parent/guardian prior to showing up. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

 

Southeast Michigan
Gleaners Food Bank
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Team Leaders: Shelly Miller, ’92 and Yasmin Elias, ’95
RSVP by e-mail

Who: Gleaners Food Bank has been feeding the hungry and providing personal care products to people in southeast Michigan for the past 33 years.

What:  We will be working in the warehouse on various projects which may include packing food boxes, sorting food items/canned goods, pulling agency food orders, de-tagging clothing, etc. 

Where: The warehouse is located at 2131 Beaufait, Detroit, 48207.  Upon arrival, please enter through the door marked “Volunteer Entrance” that is located near the fence and dumpsters. 

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

What to bring:  Volunteers should dress comfortably (jeans, t-shirt, gym shoes).  No open toed shoes are allowed.  Dressing in layers is encouraged especially during colder days as this is a warehouse environment.  Feel free to bring a pair of work gloves to work in. 

Additional information: Children age 7 and older are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. A tour, snack, and water will be provided by Gleaners.  Lunch will be provided off site by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.  More details on the lunch to follow.  All volunteers must be at least 7 years old.

 

Washington, D.C.
SOME (So Others Might Eat)
10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Team Leader: Kavitha Babu, '04 and Jesse Wald, '04
RSVP by e-mail

Who: We will be volunteering with So Others Might Eat (SOME) in their Dining Room for the homeless.  SOME provides breakfast and lunch on a daily basis serving over 800 meals each day to the hungry in D.C.  The Dining Room has served over 10 million meals since they were founded in 1970. 

What: We will be serving lunch to the homeless in the SOME Dining Room.  Volunteer roles consist of the serving line, meal preparation, coffee attendant, dishwasher, or other jobs as assigned.  Volunteers will be oriented on their day of service with the appropriate on-the-job training.  

Where:  The SOME Dining Room is located at 71 ‘O’ Street, NW, 20001.  Parking is available in the parking lot as well as street parking.  Also, Union Station and New York Ave Metro stops on the red line are a 10 – 15 minute walk from the location. 

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

What to bring:  Volunteers and Provide-A-Meal groups are requested to arrive dressed appropriately for the work they will be performing.  This dress code has been developed with the safety of volunteers in mind, following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and directives, and it is designed to respect our clients.  Please adhere to the codes as to insure that you will be able to fully take part during your day of service.  Volunteers dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate unless suitable accommodations can be made.  Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes.  This includes but is not limited to, athletic shoes, dress shoes, and boots.  A few unacceptable shoes are as follows: high heels, sandals and “flip-flops.”  Volunteers should not wear sleeveless shirts or revealing clothing.  For example, tank tops, low cut collars, short cut shirts, and tight shirts are considered inappropriate.  Acceptable clothing includes: short-sleeved shirts (covering the stomach, upper arms, and upper chest), shorts covering down to within 3 inches of the knees, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts.  A hat/hairnet is required for any volunteer handling food. Hats may be brought from home. These hats should be appropriate for the job and situation. We suggest baseball hats.  Please do not wear large or dress hats.  Hair nets will be provided to those who do not bring a hat from home.  Plastic gloves are required for any volunteer handling food.  These gloves will be furnished by SOME.  Volunteers are responsible for wearing gloves while handling food. Please do not attempt to serve food without gloves.  Due to minimum closet space we are asking our volunteers to keep purses and other valuables in their vehicles.

Additional information: Children 13 years or older are welcome to volunteer (volunteers preparing food must be 16 years or older).  Volunteers under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.  Due to the large volume of volunteers and public that enter the building, please do not bring valuables into the facility.  Lunch will be provided by SOME onsite after the volunteer shift. 


 

To suggest a future service day activity in your area or for more information on this nationwide event, please contact Laura Gray, lawalumniserviceday@umich.edu or 734-615-2630.

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