On Saturday, October 15, Union will host its annual day of service, the John Calvin Toll Day of Service.
As of Monday, October 3, more than 300 members of the faculty, staff and students have committed to volunteer to help in service projects across Schenectady next Saturday. It will mark the 22nd anniversary of the annual service day.
The event is organized by the Kenney Community Center and, as Union’s website described, the John Calvin Toll Day “strengthens Union’s commitment to the city through these volunteer opportunities.” The John Calvin Toll day is Union’s largest single day of service.
The day offers members of the Union community the opportunity to go beyond the fence of the campus and help bring positive change to the city surrounding the college.
Matt Milless, Director of Student Activities, stated that John Calvin Toll Day, “is a great opportunity for students to go out into the community and make a difference while learning about a community that may be different from the ones they come from.”
In an interview with the Capital Region Time Warner Cable News, Janet Sweeney, Assistant Director of the Kenney Community Center, shared, “We’ve been doing a day of service for close to 20 years. It was named after John Calvin Toll several years ago who was a member of the class of 1799, Union’s first graduating class. So we do this every year and partner with community organizations and get out into the community, raking, clean up, serving food at food pantry.”
According to Union’s website, “The College consistently is named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the local community.
“The honor is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.” John Calvin Toll Day plays a major role in helping the college secure this prestigious recognition.
For people interested in participating in this year’s Toll Day, the deadline for registration is Saturday, October 8.