One day after arriving on Alvernia's campus, the entire incoming class participated in a Day of Service — performing community service along-side student leaders, faculty, and staff members at 16 different locations around the county.
Projects ranged from trail clean-up along the Schuylkill River and at the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site to delivering Meals on Wheels to senior citizens through Berks Encore. Other organizations that Alvernia will partner with for the Day of Service include Opportunity House, the Reading Public Library, Mary’s Home, the American Red Cross, and the Cops ‘n Kids Reading Program.
Organizers hope that the Day of Service will help orient incoming students to the community that they will call home for the next four years while attending Alvernia University. “By introducing the students to service early on, hopefully many of them will continue to be engaged with the community on many different levels throughout their time here,” said Ginny Hand, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia. At the Schuylkill River Trail, students cleared brush to make the trail more friendly to visiters. "Without volunteers, said Folwell, "we wouldn't even have a trail."
Alvernia also coordinates and participates in three other University-wide Days of Service throughout the academic year: St. Francis Day in October, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, and Earth Day in April.