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Scots In Service Day Fosters Goodwill from Coast to Coast

Approximately 500 alumni, students, parents and friends to volunteer in 24 cities on Oct. 6

October 5, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — From Boston to Los Angeles — and in more than 20 other cities in between — College of Wooster alumni will roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help their communities during Scots in Service Day on Saturday (Oct. 6).

Now in its 12th year, Scots in Service unities Wooster graduates and their families and friends in a one-day volunteer project that benefits such organizations as food banks, homeless shelters, city parks, humane societies, and a host of other worthy entities. Approximately 500 volunteers are anticipated for this year’s event. Most projects begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon local time, after which a lunch will be served to the participants.

“The alumni and parent leaders in each of the cities have done a terrific job finding meaningful service projects in their communities,” says Sharon Rice, assistant director of alumni relations at Wooster and staff liaison for this alumni-driven initiative. “Their enthusiasm for Scots in Service is simply inspiring, and we are all looking forward to making a difference on Saturday.”

In Boston, Wooster alumni will help at the West End House Boys & Girls Club, where they will clean up a nearby park, prepare healthy meals for the kids, and organize books in the library. In Los Angeles, volunteers will collaborate to prepare and serve lunch at Union Station Homeless Services.

Meanwhile, here in Wooster, local alumni, students, faculty, and staff, will be at seven different locations: Every Woman’s House, MOCA House, Melrose and Cornerstone Elementary Schools, Wayne County Humane Society, Wayne County Children’s Services, the Viola Startzman Free Clinic, and Wee Care Center.

Other participating cities in Ohio are Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus. Elsewhere, projects are scheduled for Gainesville, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, Charlottesville, Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Phoenix, Richmond, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. There will also be an international project in Mumbai, India.

“Participating in Scots in Service is a natural extension of the volunteer activities our alumni were involved in as students at Wooster,” says Rice. “It also gives them an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with fellow graduates in their community that they have not seen for awhile.”