Harvard Kennedy School Faculty, Staff and Students to Volunteer at Local Community Organizations for HKS Serves

August 27, 2012
By Doug Gavel

A group of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty, staff and students will don their work gloves and boots on Thursday August 30th as they participate in HKS Serves, an all day community service retreat.
HKS Degree Programs Student Affairs (DPSA) is working in partnership with the Student Public Service Collaborative, a student run organization, and others in the HKS community to lead this day of community service in support of more than 20 local organizations throughout Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, Newton and Allston.
HKS Serves is designed to engage students, faculty, staff and community partners in day-long service projects as part of the Kennedy School's New Student Orientation program. The program upholds and supports the HKS mission by fostering an authentic culture of service from day one.
"Volunteer work is one way to engender community spirit through public service," said Chris Fortunato, Dean of Students. "This tradition will be an invaluable part of student orientation and will complement other day of service opportunities that will take place throughout the academic year."
Local participating organizations this year include: Cradles to Crayons; Community Servings; Greater Boston Food Bank; Boston Living Center; Cambridge Community Center; Charles River Conservancy; East End House; The Guidance Center; Harvard Square Homeless Shelter; King Open School; Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House; MassVotes; Neville Place at Fresh Pond; Newton Community Service Center; The New School of Music; Newton Community Service Center; Newton North High School; On the Rise; Somerville Public Schools; Wellmet; and The Women's Lunch Place.
Journalists are invited to cover HKS Serves. Please contact the Kennedy School Office of Communications and Public Affairs for additional information.

volunteers gathered at the forum

Volunteers gathered at The JFK Jr. Forum before going to their service projects; HKS Serves 2011.

"Volunteer work is one way to engender community spirit through public service," said Chris Fortunato, dean of students.


HKS Serves 2011 volunteers.


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