DULUTH, MN - The College of St. Scholastica has called for more than 800 students, faculty and staff to help perform volunteer services throughout the Duluth/Superior area Wednesday, Oct. 3, as part of the College's annual fall Community Service Day.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will be on site at 60 locations. A send-off program begins at 8:30 a.m. at the bridge over Chester Creek at the entrance of campus. There will be a dedication of the reopening of the bridge, which was damaged during the summer flood. Much of the volunteer work to be completed for Community Service Day involves clean-up of trails and areas damaged by the flood. Several hundred volunteers will be on hand.
The College has called on a record number of volunteers this year as a way to recognize St. Scholastica's 100th birthday year celebration.
"With the additional requests for help in Duluth's parks and trails, this will be the largest group of volunteers we have ever sent out to the community," said Jay Newcomb, coordinator of Community Service Day and St. Scholastica's director of service learning. "Half of our first- year students are volunteering together as a class, and most of the rest are volunteering individually. This is a fitting response in our centennial year to the needs of our community."
Volunteers will be at sites including Community Action Duluth's Seeds of Success, Men as Peacemakers office locations, the Duluth Public Library, Little Treasures Child Care Center, Nettleton Elementary, Chester Bowl Park, the Children's Museum as well as many of Duluth's parks and trails.
Services provided will range from helping in classrooms, serving meals and assisting with senior citizen activities, trail maintenance, and preparing gardens for winter.
College classes are canceled so that students and faculty are able to take part.
As in the past, several student groups will volunteer together. Some examples of area community service work include: