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 Gannon University.

Eager volunteers will be out spring cleaning and preparing outdoor environments at various locations, such as:

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 Apartments.