Community Service Project

Out in the City
Wednesday, March 3, 12:45–5:30 p.m. (includes travel, service, and a post-service meeting for participants)
Limit 60 *FULL*

ACUI has a strong and proud tradition of offering a service opportunity as part of the annual conference. Previous projects have included the creation of a panel for the AIDS Quilt and the day of service that allowed more than 800 conference delegates to assist agencies and organizations in New Orleans that continue to be challenged by the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Last year's conference allowed a smaller group to assist the Feeding America network with packing and sorting at a food bank warehouse. 

In New York City, there are many different service agencies that provide a program or service to those in need everyday. This year, the projects that have been chosen focus on issues of food/hunger and personal comfort/safety. We chose hunger as a primary theme as many of the city’s homeless or out of work are in serious need—and the service providers also need additional help. All projects are within a subway ride and short walk away from the conference site. Pre-registration is requested for this unique and exciting experience where we will “Explore the Core” of the city as well as learn about ourselves. After registration you will be contacted and assigned to one of the following agencies:

Day-of-event information:

  • Volunteers will meet in the Hotel Lobby at Noon for set-up of check in (for an anticipated departure of 12:45 p.m.)
  • Volunteers should eat lunch before leaving for the service project
  • Albertus Magnus College and Temple University will donate bottled water and a snack for each volunteer for the service projects

Service Learning: A Core New York City Experience
Wednesday, March 3, 4–5 p.m.
Jason Levy, Temple University
Erin Morrell, Albertus Magnus College

Those who participate in the community service program are encouraged to attend this session to share stories, success and challenges of service in New York City. True to the idea of service learning, we will also discuss some theories surrounding community service and how the service program has positive impact on participants as well as receivers.

In addition to the excellent service learning opportunities for conference delegates, we are also excited about on-site donation stations at the ACUI Host Information area. For the duration of the conference, we will be collecting materials for two excellent local organizations—The Dwelling Place and The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Dwelling Place is a transitional women's shelter that provides safe haven and support services to help women transition to healthy, independent lives. The Dwelling Place fosters an atmosphere of love and respect for their residents, regardless of their race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. The Met Council is has been a defender and advocate for New Yorkers in need and has raised awareness around the growing problem of Jewish poverty. With services ranging from domestic violence counseling to kosher food pantries to career training, Met Council helps individuals find immediate relief and lasting solutions.

We will be collecting the following items:

We encourage conference attendees to either bring listed items with them or buy the items once you have reached the conference. The host information center will provide a referral list for places within walking distance to the hotel for on-site purchases. Either way, your donation will go a long way to help those in need in the area.

Updated Feb. 1, 2010
Updated Feb. 1, 2010