DU Good Day, hosted by the Drake University National Alumni Association, is a national day of service proving that alumni, parents, friends and future Bulldogs can make a difference. In its second year, more than 400 Bulldogs in 13 cities served their communities on September 29, 2012.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) aims to break the cycle of homelessness in the D.C. area. Volunteers spent the morning landscaping Shalom House, the largest of the four SOME homes. SOME's four long-term housing options for single adults (including Shalom House) "provided over 330 formerly homeless and extremely low-income single men and women with dignified, affordable housing. Ninety-four percent of residents maintained their health, sobriety and income throughout 2011," according to their website.
Volunteers worked on group homes at The Arc's facilities, which seek to help people with disabilities gain independence. The Arc provides 24-hour staff coverage to assist in all areas of basic daily living needs. Due to the amount of time the staff are directly working with the individuals, the time to do maintenance on the homes is limited, which is where DU Good Day volunteers stepped in.
Volunteers in the Big Apple are able to do their part in keeping New York City's 843-acre park clean with this program. Below are some of the Bulldogs who came out on Saturday--even a little one in a Drake onesie.
In conjunction with efforts by the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, volunteers stenciled storm drain inlets, distributed informational door hangers and picked up garbage in the neighborhood to improve the area's water quality. Storm water captured by City catch basins flows directly into rivers, lakes, and streams—it doesn't go to a treatment facility.
At least one alumna couldn't make it to the organized DU Good Day activity, but let us know she and her two young daughters were with us in volunteer spirit in a town near the Twin Cities. Thanks, Cari!
Harvesters is a food collection and distribution agency that has been in operation since 1979. As much as 43 percent of the clients they serve are children. In the last year, Harvesters distributed 41 million pounds of food and household products to the 26 counties it serves.
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