WCSU News

‘Western Day of Service’ underway to benefit the community

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University hosts its annual “Western Day of Service,” today, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, faculty, staff and student volunteers checked in, received continental breakfast and a free T-shirt. After a pep-talk by President Clark, all volunteers gathered for a group photo before being bused to the local organizations for three hours of volunteer service. Buses will return all participants to the Midtown campus by noon.

WCSU encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni to commit to some form of volunteer work. Options include: raking, trimming and/or weeding trails; sanding and/or painting; serving food; parking cars; registering dancers; cleaning offices; washing fire trucks; moving boxes; tagging books; working with animals; or picking up trash along the streets of Danbury.

During last year’s celebration, close to 500 volunteers helped more than 40 community agencies including: Lake Kenosia, Escape to the Arts, Danbury Fire Department, City Center Danbury, Ives Concert Park, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, the Salvation Army, Danbury PAL, Still River Greenway and Maplewood Senior Center. Volunteer activities included everything from reading to elementary school students, painting stairwells, sorting through donated clothes, cleaning and pulling weeds to washing fire trucks and ambulances.

This year, WCSU anticipates several hundred volunteers at more than 45 local sites. They will be visible across town as work teams wearing bright yellow T-shirts.

Townsquare Media, owner of i95 and KICKS105.5 has come on board as a supporter of Western Day of Service again this year, bringing its street team to the event kick-off to hand out bottled water to the volunteers before they head off to their work sites.

Townsquare Media Market President George Mihalopoulos said, “Townsquare Media Danbury looks forward to supporting the Annual Day of Service. i95 and KICKS 105.5 are committed to promoting events like Western’s Day of Service to help further community causes.”

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

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