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.:
Goodwill Garden, located on West 4th Street between Sassafras and
Myrtle. Volunteers will be working to relocate the garden to its new 2013 home.
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
- 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 &
- 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
- Erie Art Museum, 411 State St. Outdoor landscaping and
- 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
- 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
- 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.