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September 12 , 2003

Volunteers Needed for MHC Day of Giving

On Friday, October 3, Mount Holyoke students, faculty, and staff members will fan out across the Pioneer Valley, lending a day of labor to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the College’s fourth annual Day of Giving.

As in past years, volunteers will perform painting, plumbing repair, carpentry, electrical work, brush clearing, and general grounds cleanup at a variety of locations. Transportation and lunch will be provided for those donating a full day of labor, and College employees scheduled to work that day will be paid as “paid release time.” (Volunteers are asked to coordinate with their supervisors so that campus services are not interrupted.) While this year’s list is not yet final, agencies participating in the Day of Giving in the past have included Holyoke Catholic High School, Kate’s Kitchen, the South Hadley Historical Society, Camp Lewis Perkins of the Girl Scouts, Jericho House, and others.

“I have no doubt in my mind that people who return from the Day of Giving feel a tremendous amount of reward and satisfaction,” said Lauren Turner, the College’s director of human resources and one of the organizers of the event. “I think it’s also an incentive for more volunteerism. It raises your awareness of the needs of our community organizations.”

The event, sponsored by the College’s Office of Facilities Management and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, drew 43 enthusiastic facilities management workers in its first year, and has grown each year since.

To learn more or to volunteer, contact Judy Forest at x3137 or

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