By Austin Andersen
This Saturday, October 13 is the 18th annual John Calvin Toll Day of Service.
Over 250 students have already signed up to participate in this day of giving back through various volunteer endeavors aimed at involving Union students with community service, as well as strengthening the ties between Union College and the people of Schenectady.
A description of the day’s history found on the Union website mentions “John Calvin Toll Day is named for one of Union’s first graduates in 1799. It has been supported each year by Al Hill ‘46 and his wife, Perrie. Toll was the great-great-grandfather of Hill, a retired attorney from Buffalo who died in 2007. The Hills created the fund to encourage Union students to undertake volunteer service.”
Program Coordinator at the Kenney Community Center Janet Sweeney, stated, “We are working with 20 local organizations who will host volunteers to do all kinds of work including painting, yard work, cleaning and organizing, cooking and serving meals, helping with children’s programs, washing buses and vans and much more.”She continued, “It’s a great day of giving back to the community and Union’s largest single day of service each year.”
Sweeney noted, “All volunteers, either as individuals or as groups, will meet outside Old Chapel at 12:45 p.m. this Saturday to board buses for their volunteer sites and work until 4 p.m.. Students are signing up as individuals or in groups. Groups this year include Greek organizations, clubs, dorms and friends; for example, Theta Delta Chi fraternity is hosting a free football clinic on campus.”
“It will surely be an enjoyable day of volunteering and giving back to a community on this day of service,” concluded Sweeney.
Organizations Union students will be helping include Baptist Health Nursing Home, Bethesda House, Boys & Girls Club, Campus Kitchen, Catholic Charities, Cornell Co-Op Extension/Roots & Wisdom, City Mission, Extension Schenectady, FUMC, Girls Inc., Glendale Home, Habitat for Humanity, Harmony Fellowship Church, Home Furnishings Inc., MiSci (formerly Schenectady Museum), Salvation Army, Schenectady ARC, South Street Park, Vale Cemetery and local churches.