WASHINGTON (August 9, 2013) – In response to the call to service preceding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hundreds of volunteers from the incoming freshman class will spend Friday, Aug. 23, participating in the inaugural Howard University Day of Service. Freshmen will assist with community service projects in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that focus on education, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, poverty, voter registration, non-violence, and environmental services.
Howard’s Day of Service initiative is a new addition to the freshman orientation experience. During this day, Howard students, faculty, staff and administrators will work alongside incoming freshmen as volunteers. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and the Division of Student Affairs.
"The Howard University Day of Service is an opportunity for new students to connect with the long legacy of Howard University as a center for socially conscious, civic minded leaders to form their character through service," said Bernard L. Richardson, Dean of the Chapel. "As these incoming students engage in service learning throughout the Washington, DC community, they will tap into their own unique sense of vocation and into the strength that continues to define Howard University."
The Day of Service is modeled after Howard University’s nationally recognized Alternative Spring Break program. Every year, hundreds of Howard students forgo the comforts of home or vacationing on beaches to help those in need during their weeklong break from classes. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Alternative Spring Break program.
Volunteers will be dispatched to more than eighteen project sites around the city. Projects include packaging and distributing food at the Friendship House, preparing DC Public Schools for the first day of classes, reading books to children at the Children’s Health Center, conducting forestry clean-up at Rock Creek Park, organizing donations at the Transitional Housing Coalition, registering DC residents to vote in preparation for local elections, and much more.
To apply as a volunteer, click here. Applications are due by Aug. 16. For more information, contact Director of Chapel Operations, Glen Vinson, at 202-806-7280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.