On Friday, September 29, Hilbert College will be joining our fellow Franciscan colleges and universities across the nation in participating in a campus-wide Day of Service to allow students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to live out the Hilbert mission of serving and strengthening their communities.
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to participate and be a part of Hilbert’s Day of Service, the kick-off event for Hilbert College's True Blue weekend! This day will be an opportunity for Hilbert volunteers to see and understand the impact and importance of service, as well as take action to promote equality, justice, respect and compassion.
Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately for the work that they will be performing. Jeans or knee-length shorts and closed toe shoes (such as sneakers) with socks are required. Volunteers should not wear tank tops, sweatpants, yoga pants, leggings or revealing/tight-fitting clothing. Hilbert t-shirts will be provided at check-in to all volunteers who register prior to September 21st.
Check-in is at 8:45am in the Campus Center. Transportation to and from our community partners will be provided, along with lunch at 1:30pm in Hilbert’s Campus Center.
Hilbert College is proud to be partnering with ten service sites for this year’s event. Below is a listing of each of our Day of Service’s community partners, along with their mission and a description of the day’s service activity.
- For over 100 years, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph have served those most vulnerable and in need through ministries of education, health care, pastoral ministry, and various social services committed to peace and justice. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph by performing various tasks and cleaning projects at their residence on South Park Avenue, across the street from Hilbert College.
- Cradle Beach serves the needs of children with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds through various programs, including a Residential Summer Enrichment Camping Program that serves over 800 campers a summer. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting with a variety of maintenance projects including painting, cleaning and lawn work, etc.
- The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the greater Buffalo area to guarantee Olmsted park experiences for current and future generations. Hilbert volunteers will assist with beautification efforts in one of the Olmsted parks, including weeding, mulching and spreading compost. Volunteers should be prepared to be outside for the duration of their service.
- The Food Bank of WNY works tirelessly to fight hunger one day at a time. As the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, the agency obtains and distributes nutritious food and support to our community members throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties. Hilbert volunteers will assist in the warehouse sorting and repacking food for distribution.
- The Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation is an integral part of the Hamburg community and provides opportunities to families to participate in fun and engaging activities while realizing elements of socialization and health and wellness benefits. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting with park clean-up and may be helping out with event set-up. Volunteers should be prepared to be outside for the duration of their service.
- Since 1930, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has been answering the need of the poor by providing warm meals, clothing and household items. Today the Society serves over 100,000 meals a year and provides clothing and household items to those in need at little or no cost. Hilbert volunteers will assist in the dining room with meal preparation, serving guests and clean-up.
- Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers are committed to enriching lives and promoting independent healthy living by offering nutritious food and a friendly visit. Meals on Wheels volunteers visit with home-bound seniors and disabled individuals each day and serve as a critical link between clients and their families, loved ones and neighbors. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting in a local elementary school making crafts with elementary school students for Meals on Wheels recipients.
- Unyts is WNY's only organ, eye, tissue, and community blood center. The agency has a strong commitment to enhance and save lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donation while maintaining respect for those who give the Gift of Life. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting with office and administrative tasks related to Unyts’ mission and services.
- Compass House provides runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services at both their emergency shelter and resource center in Erie County. Compass House remains the only shelter and resource center for all genders, ages 12-24 in Erie County. Hilbert volunteers will be assisting at the resource center with creating outreach packets, organizing personal care donations and agency files. If time allows, additional duties may be assigned, including light cleaning of common areas of the resource center.
- We are looking to show our Hilbert College Athletic Fields some love this Day of Service. Hilbert volunteers will be helping with raking and cleaning up of the baseball and softball fields as well as the soccer and lacrosse fields. Volunteers should be prepared to be outside for the duration of their service.