Gannon to Serve Community Through 'Day of Caring'

Posted: April 19, 2013

Over 500 Gannon University students, faculty, staff and alumni will dedicate Saturday, April 20 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.:

  • Gannon Goodwill Garden, located on West 4th Street between Sassafras and Myrtle. Volunteers will be working to relocate the garden to its new 2013 home. 
  • Little Free Library Project – Volunteers will be installing the remaining six libraries. The Gannon contact for these specific locations is: Arlene Montevecchio, Director of the Center for Social Concerns, Gannon University,814-403-7734 
  • Bay City Gardeners – Rain Garden. Volunteers will do basic landscape of the garden on Peach St. Between w. 6th & 7th st.
  • Bayfront Maritime Center – Volunteers will be assisting is outdoor waterfront clean up behind the Blasco Library.
  • Bayfront NATO, Inc/Martin Luther King Center – Volunteers will be assisting in painting two rooms of the facility on 4th & Chestnut.
  • Benedictine Sisters – Volunteers will be weeding and landscaping the path along Seven Mile Creek to lake Erie. Glinodo Conference Center 6270 East Lake Rd.
  • Burton- Diehl Neighborhood Watch – Starting at the house of Mercy, 2005 Woodlawn Ave, Students will work to provide a safe and clean area for families.
  • Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services. Volunteers will reorganize donated items at the center on 12th St.
  • East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch, Nate Levy Park, 200 block of East 3rd Street. General cleanup and landscaping of the park.
  • Erie Art Museum, 411 State St. Outdoor landscaping and cleanup.
  • Gridley Park, West 6th and Liberty streets. Picking up trash, landscaping and general beautification of the park.
  • Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will help at a construction site on 1426  East 7th.
  • HANDS 1 – Volunteers will be assisted residents at the Villa Maria apratments, with small tasks and projects.
  • HANDS 2 – Volunteers will be assisting residents at the St. Josephs Apartments, with small tasks and projects.
  • L’Arche, At the W. 10th St. location, volunteers will be assisting with yard work, cleaning and garage and washing windows.
  • Mary the Apostle Catholic Worker. Students will volunteer at the Casita House on East Lake Rd.
  • 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 Wallace.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network, 425 West 18th St. Volunteers will be doing a general cleanup and beautification around the facility.
  • St. Benedict Education Center – Volunteers will be working inside and outside the building at 330 E. 10th St, to improve the environment and surroundings.
  • St. Patrick Church, 130 East 4th St. Mulching and landscaping.
  • The Erie Community Foundation – Volunteers will assist in cleaning up the Bayfront, to help get the organization ready to plant trees and shrubs.
  • Treevitalize project. Students will survey the Erie GAINS neighborhood trees that were planted in the fall, mulch where needed and finish planting the remaining 5 trees, along West 3rd-4th streets near Cascade. * The contact for this project will be Gretchen Fairley, Gannon’s Director of Service Learning, 882-0726.