Gannon University Volunteers Serve Erie Community for a Day of Caring
Posted: April 13, 2018
About 400 Gannon University students, faculty and staff are
expected to answer the call of service on Saturday, April 14 for
Day of Caring.
The action will focus on the neighborhoods adjacent to campus,
including areas that are part of Erie-Gannon Alliances to Improve
Neighborhood Sustainability (Erie-GAINS) neighborhoods as well as
the Our West Bayfront initiative organized and funded in part by
Eager volunteers will be out spring cleaning and preparing
outdoor environments at various locations, such as:
- Gridley Park, where the Gannon University football team will
prepare the park for a busy summer season.
- The Historic Little Italy neighborhood, where a neighborhood
cleanup and garden preparation team will assist the SSJ
Neighborhood Network sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of
- Frontier Park, in association with the Lake Erie Arboretum at
- The MLK Center, where volunteers will be assisting with
painting, organizing books and more.
Other Gannon University volunteers will be assisting
TreeVitalize, the Gannon-led program that has planted hundreds of
trees since 2012 in both Erie-GAINS and OWB neighborhoods.
Maintenance crews from the University will drop mulch around the
trees that volunteers will move into place. This is TreeVitalize's
final tree graduation at the end of the grant cycle.
Still more volunteers will help prepare a garden at the Urban
Erie Community Development Corporation/ E.F. Smith Quality of Life
Learning Center, while others will assist residents at L'Arche
homes and sites operated by Housing and Neighborhood Development
Service (HANDS), including St. Joseph's, Maryvale and Villa Maria