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More than 400 Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students, staff and faculty members took time away from their normal duties today (August 29) to volunteer at one of 24 local area organizations.
The volunteers visited the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cambridge Parks and Recreation sites, Cradles to Crayons, The West End House, Amigos School, Advocates for Common Toilets (ACT), Women’s Lunch Place and other locations to paint, lay gravel, clean and prepare meals, among other chores.
“It’s such a joy to see our volunteers in their red t-shirts fill a community and get so much accomplished in one day. The visual impact is just as moving as the volunteer effort,” says Martha Foley, Assistant Director for Student Publications and Student Services. “It also gives students a rare opportunity to get to know each other outside of their degree programs.”
This is the third year for this day of service activities at the Kennedy School. Degree Programs Student Affairs (DPSA) partnered with the Student Public Service Collaborative and others in the HKS community to lead the effort.