Join in, Give Back and Make an Impact on Alumni Day of Service

Each year, Golden Flashes around the world join together to make an impact in their communities. This favorite tradition provides opportunities for Kent State University alumni, friends and family to give back by participating in local volunteer projects while strengthening ties with fellow Flashes. Since 2009, over 1,771 Golden Flashes have volunteered 6,548 hours hours at 142 service sites.

Don't miss out on the fun and join us on April 27. This year, the alumni association has added even more service sites. Alumni can also volunteer by sharing their own project. If you are passionate about a particular group or cause, you can organize your own service site right where you reside. 

Karen Schofield, ’77, has volunteered every year since the program began. She has helped efforts at Habitat for Humanity - Restore and the Akron-Canton Foodbank. Last year, she volunteered at the Akron Zoo with other Kent alumni. Thanks to their efforts, they were able to clean the entrance to the zoo and make a difference in the community. 

“This is an event I look forward to each year! Since its inception, I have never missed participating in an Alumni Day of Service! Just knowing we are all alumni, proudly wearing our alumni shirts, collectively working for the greater good is fabulous,” Schofield says.

Keith Meller, '79, volunteered with the Southern California Alumni Chapter at the LAX Dunes Restoration. His group helped in an area that is sensitive to blue butterflies. While pulling weeds and clearing vegetation, he enjoyed talking to other KSU alumni. “The best part of the day was the interaction among our group and the reserves collaborator whom gave us insight along the way. Afterward, about six of us had a nice lunch and shared KSU stories.”

You, too, can make a difference in your community. This year’s event features over 30 sites with more being added. Watch your email this month for announcements and updates to the 2019 Alumni Day of Service website. 

Here are the locations that are planned so far. Find a site that you are passionate about or if you don’t see one near you, share your own project.

In Ohio 

Ashtabula County: 

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Lake County:

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Trumbull County: 

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Orlando, FL:

Tampa, FL:

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:54 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 05:32 PM
Katie Pavlick