WCSU students serve area organizations with ‘Day of Service
DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University students will once again canvas the city in an effort to help out a variety of charitable organizations and agencies as part of the third annual Western Day of Service (WDS).
The event will begin with a welcome reception and ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury, with speeches by Mayor Mark Boughton and WCSU President Dr. John B. Clark. After the ceremony, approximately 500 WCSU students, faculty and staff will volunteer at a variety of activities to help area organizations and those they serve. Work will include raking, trimming, weeding, cleaning offices, washing firetrucks, moving books, working with animals, picking up trash and painting.
For those who cannot attend the event, the opening ceremony will be streamed live on the university’s homepage at www.wcsu.edu/live.
Among the places WCSU volunteers will serve are:
- Alternative Center of Excellence (ACE)
- City Center Danbury
- Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
- Danbury Museum and Historical Society
- Danbury Music Centre
- Danbury PAL
- Danbury Railway Museum
- Ives Concert Park
- Lake Kenosia Park
- Musicals at Richter
- New Street Fire House
- Still River Alliance
- Tarrywile Park
- Permaculture Garden
- Tails of Courage
- Western Rehabilitation Care Center
- YMCA Escape to the Arts
According to WCSU Dean of Students Dr. Walter Cramer, student leader Rebecca Antonaccio “has done a great job of reaching out to the Danbury community to expand the number of organizations we are working with and building a good buzz on campus for students, faculty and staff participation.
“John Board, another student leader working with WDS, has also done outstanding work expanding visibility of the WDS through multiple social media efforts,” Cramer added.
“The goal of the Day of Service is to connect the university with the community. It’s also a good opportunity for students to become more familiar with the Greater Danbury area,” Antonaccio said. “It’s been great watching the event grow and hearing the excitement from all the organizations we help.”
“Western Day of Service started as the simple idea of giving back to the Danbury community once a year,” Board said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished and look forward to this year’s Day of Service.”
Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.