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Volunteers Needed for Cancer House of Hope Landscaping Effort on Saturday, October 20

Posted August 12, 2007

cancerhouse_whiteny_poyant.gifLast April the Alumni Association Community Service Project brought 15 College alumni, employees, students, and friends (including Dawn Whitney ’75, pictured at left with student Amanda Poyant) to the Cancer House of Hope, where they provided landscape work, planted a “welcome garden,” and cleaned out rain gutters. The day was such “a complete success,” according to project leader John Drost ’88/L’91, that volunteers will return to the Springfield nonprofit on Saturday, October 20.

“It means a lot to us,” says Cheryl Gorski, executive director of the organization, which is located about a mile from the College campus. Volunteers will meet at the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center at 9:45 a.m. The effort will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To view a photo album of the April cleanup at the Cancer House of Hope, click here. To see how the Alumni Association helps other organizations, click here.

Cancer House of Hope provides educational, social, and spiritual support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Mark Roman, a junior mathematics major, volunteered for the April cleanup because “I like helping people,” he said. “When I heard about the project, I thought that it would be not only rewarding, but fun, and it was.” Fellow volunteer Tonya Pedro, a senior psychology major, said, “I think it’s great that the Alumni Association takes on these kinds of projects, and I will definitely be involved in similar efforts when I graduate.”

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