Santa Clara University


Santa Clara University Community Service Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the staff senate is sponsoring a SCU Community Service Day.  Interested students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families, are invited to participate in providing a one day of community service. As a group representing Santa Clara University, volunteers are able to pick from a number of organized activities provided by participating community organizations.  This is the first year for this event and it is hoped that it will become an annual SCU tradition in the years ahead.

All volunteer activities will take place in the morning.  With the exception of Full Circle Farm which doesn't open until 10:00 a.m., the activities will begin around 8:30 a.m..  Most activities will run about 3-4 hours. A leader from SCU will be on site to greet you.  A representative from the organization will provide training and guidance. After you sign up for an event you will be contacted with greater detail about that specific event.

In addition to the service activity, participants are invited to a sponsored lunch served by Bon Appetit which will be held that day at 1:30 PM in Santa Clara University's Donohoe Alumni Gardens (see campus map).      We realize that not all volunteers will be able to attend this event so we have included sign-up for it on the volunteer form below.
The community organizations listed below will be providing service opportunities. Click on it's name for greater detail about the organization.  Ensure that the activity is age appropriate for all members of your group prior to signing up Please note that some organizations can only accommodate a set number of participants. You will have the opportunity to note a second and third activity choice in case your first choice is already full to capacity or the minimum amount required for that event has not been reached.  Once an activity fills we will need to consider the alternates.  Sign-ups will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.


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Age Limit
Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park: (East San Jose) Need trail work done. Once inside the park, visitors feel like they have left city-life behind and they enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of miles of hiking trails. Help is needed in keeping the brush from encroaching on the trails. Work to be done includes trimming brush, leveling dirt paths and picking up trash. Participants must be 16+ because of the poison oak present at this time of year.


Age Limit
Bronco Urban Garden
The Forge is SCU's education and community organic garden and is a project of University Operations and the Environmental Studies Institute (ESI). Named for its history as SCU's original blacksmithing site, this one-half acre garden has multiple annual and perennial garden beds for vegetables, grains, flowers and native plants. Helping tasks could include clean-up tasks like weeding, picking up trash or some planting if seasonal. All ages encouraged to participate!
All ages
Full Circle Farm
Wonderful opportunity for ALL ages.   A variety of tasks on their farm and in their garden available. Generally younger ages would work in garden - general garden clean up like weeding, maybe planting opportunity.  On farm volunteers could perform variety of tasks that are also age appropriate. They have worked with all ages so they know how to best utilize age group.
All ages


Age Limit
Sacred Heart Community Service Center
Variety of tasks that would be age appropriate.  Could involve working in pantry-prepping for meal; in clothing area - sorting and hanging clothes; or accepting donations.  Encourages all ages and family participation.
All ages

Sign up for an event by completing the SCU Community Service Day Volunteer form below.   Shortly after you submit your sign-up form, you will receive an email with the name of the activity for which you have been confirmed.   It will also include a link to a waiver required by the participating organization which every volunteer must review and complete. For volunteers under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign.  Complete the waiver(s) and turn in when you arrive at your activity location the day of the event.
 Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.

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