More than 300 SSU students will work hard to show they care about their community this weekend, as they provide the volunteer manpower to support the vital projects of local non-profits.
Sonoma Serves, a program of Join Us Making Progress (JUMP), the hub for volunteerism and service at Sonoma State University, is teaming up with United Way for Sonoma Serves - Day of Caring! on Saturday, Sept. 24.
The day starts at 9 a.m. with a kick-off rally at the Student Recreation Center Plaza. SSU President Ruben Armiñana and Mayor Gina Belforte of Rohnert Park will welcome the students to the day of service and address why active citizenship is an important asset to the students and community. Afterward, hundreds of volunteers will disperse into the community to work in jobs ranging from cleaning up local waterways and parks, painting, harvesting vegetables, creating safer playgrounds, and sorting and packaging food.
These students volunteers will support local non-profits ranging from the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, Petaluma Bounty, Russian River Watershed Clean Up, Redwood Empire Food Bank and National Public Lands Day.
The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way -Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.
Sonoma Serves aims to strengthen the University's relationship with the community, help already existing partner agencies with some of their large scale projects, and foster new relationships between SSU students and local non-profits, says Jodi Roth, Community Service Coordinator.
For further information, contact Jodi Roth, Community Service Coordinator for JUMP at (707) 664-3949 or visit their website at www.sonoma.edu/as/jump.