Gannon To Serve Through Day of Caring

Posted: April 12, 2012

Nearly 400 Gannon University students, faculty, staff and alumni will dedicate Saturday, April 21 to making the Erie area a better place during United Way Day of Caring.

Gannon’s participation in United Way Day of Caring is in keeping with the University’s commitment to service and volunteerism. Gannon volunteers will focus on environmental projects and on sites located within the University’s Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) neighborhood. The neighborhood encompasses the area bordered by Presque Isle Bay to the north, Parade Street to the east, 11th Street to the south and the Bayfront Parkway to the west.

During the event, Gannon’s participants will volunteer at their respective sites from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

  • Booker T. Washington Center, 1720 Holland St. Indoor and outdoor cleaning.
  • Catholic Charities Refugee Services. Volunteers will help with an educational event on the environment that will be held at St. Stanislaus, 516 East 13th St.
  • East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch, Nate Levy Park, 200 block of East 3rd Street. General cleanup and landscaping of the park.
  • Emmaus Soup Kitchen, 218 East 11th St. Work on a community garden.
  • Environment Erie. Volunteers will weed, landscape and care for the Rain Garden located outside the Erie Police Department (Peach Street side of building, across from Hammermill Center entrance).
  • Erie Art Museum, 411 State St. Outdoor landscaping and cleanup.
  • Erie Playhouse, 13 West 10th St. Indoor cleaning.
  • Erie Youth Leadership Institute. Volunteers will clean up around Strong Vincent High School, 1330 West 8th St.
  • Erie Community Foundation. Gannon is partnering with the Foundation for this project. Volunteers will clean up and pick up trash along the bluffs of the Bayfront Highway (to coincide with the Bayfront Beautification Project).
  • First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 West 7th St. Cleanup of grounds.
  • Gannon Goodwill Garden, located on West 4th Street between Sassafras and Myrtle. Tilling and working in the garden.
  • Gridley Park, West 6th and Liberty streets. Picking up trash, landscaping and general beautification of the park. * Gannon University alumni are participating in this project and will serve with the student volunteers.
  • Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will help at a construction site.
  • Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Ave. Garden work.
  • L’Arche, 10603 N. Edgewood Drive (Lake City), 1408 Sumner Drive and 861 East 43rd Street. Yard work, landscaping and indoor cleaning.
  • Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF). Outdoor work and beautification.
  • Mary the Apostle Catholic Worker. Students will volunteer at the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, 420 French St.
  • Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St. Landscaping and indoor and outdoor cleaning.
  • Robbins Blass Neighborhood Watch, West 26th Street and Pebble Drive (near Washington Avenue). Cleanup and beautification of park and surrounding neighborhood.
  • SafeNet, parking lots on East 9th-10th between Holland and German streets. Landscaping and outdoor work.
  • SNOOPs Neighborhood Watch. Beautification and landscaping of Friendship Park, located at the corner of East 14th and Ash.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, 425 West 18th St. Building a community garden.
  • St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 315 East 9th St. Garden work.
  • St. Patrick Church, 130 East 4th St. Mulching and landscaping.
  • Treevitalize project. Students will survey the Erie GAINS neighborhood for the optimal locations to plant trees in the fall, including West 3rd-4th streets near Cascade.