Get Involved!

Give back to your community while reconnecting with Laurel alumnae of all ages!

The annual Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service is a multi-city service event at which Laurel alumnae convene for a volunteer project held each fall.

For our eleventh Sarah Lyman Day, we will collaborate with nonprofit organizations in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, New York City, and Washington, D.C. There are also virtual options.


All projects require registration.

2021 Projects

List of 9 items.

  • BOSTON / Moakley Park / September 25 / 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    Join Boston Harbor Now, the Boston Park and Recreation Department, and fellow alumnae to help clean up Moakley Park! 

    Please wear closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Masks are required. You may also want to bring snacks and a hat, sunscreen, raincoat or jacket depending on the weather. Bottled water and all necessary tools, including gloves, pickers and bags, will be provided.

    Meet at the crosswalk across from the Edward J. McCormack Bathhouse at Carson Beach. Parking and bike racks are available there. The closest public transit stop is JFK/UMass station on the Red Line, a 0.6 mile walk.

    Moakley Park
    1005 Columbia Road
    Boston, MA 02127

    Chair: Katie Gerber Doonan ’81 (katiedoonan32@gmail.com)

    REGISTER TODAY!
  • CHICAGO / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital / Virtually Anytime in September

    The St. Jude Walk/Run is designed to support and raise funds for childhood cancer research and the children who are patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where families, including those from Chicago, do not pay anything for services provided.
     
    Due to COVID conditions, St. Jude has cancelled the in-person option and the Walk this year will be virtual. 
     
    Please RSVP to Laurel AND click the St. Jude’s link below to register for the virtual walk. You will be asked to create a personal account and then join the LS4G team, which is a “friends/family” team. Any funds raised on their personal account will go toward the LS4G team total.

    Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ‘78 (weller815@sbcglobal.net)

  • CLEVELAND / Cleveland Metroparks / September 26 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    The Cleveland Metroparks provide recreational opportunities, outdoor education, and conservation work throughout 18 reservations spanning more than 24 acres with more than 300 miles of trails. 

    We will be removing invasive species that are harming the ecosystem at Garfield Park Reservation. Closed toed shoes and long pants (no exposed ankles) are required. Long sleeve shirts are highly recommended to prevent poison ivy and reduce exposure to ticks and scratches. Please bring a water bottle, snack, and gardening gloves if you have them. All other supplies will be provided by the Metroparks. Participants will be required to fill out an online waiver in advance.

    Cleveland Metroparks | Garfield Park Reservation's Garfield Park Center
    11350 Broadway Avenue
    Garfield Heights, OH 44125

    Chair: Amanda Royan ‘04 (amanda.j.royan@gmail.com)
  • COLUMBUS / Moms2B / September 12 / 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. OR Virtually Anytime

    Join Columbus alumnae either virtually or in-person to support Moms2B, a Central Ohio community-based prevention program for expectant moms, done in partnership with The Ohio State University Medical Center. Moms2B is designed to improve the health status of at-risk communities and to empower pregnant women to deliver full-term, healthy babies. We will be putting together bags for new Columbus-area moms to make sure that they and their babies have everything they need to succeed in the crucial first few months.

    Please RSVP if you’d like to participate either virtually or in-person, and you’ll receive an email from Jess Audey and Rose Babington with details.
    • Participation option 1: Donate needed items for the gift bags (pacifiers, onesies, bibs, bottles, shampoo, soap, board books, etc.)
    • Participation option 2: Put the gift bags together on Sunday, September 12 from 11-12:30 at the picnic pavilion at Scioto Audobon Metro Park (weather permitting): 400 West Whittier St, Columbus 43215
    Moms2B

    Co-Chairs: Rose Babington ‘04 (rose.babington@gmail.com) and Jess Audey ‘01 (jaudey@gmail.com)

    REGISTER TODAY!
  • DENVER / Habitat for Humanity ReStore / September 25 / 2:00–6:00 p.m.

    Habitat for Humanity builds and sells homes to families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, established in 1979, is one of the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country, having constructed over 600 homes. ReStores sell new and gently used appliances, furniture, and housewares with all profits supporting Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program for low-income families. 

    We will be volunteering at a ReStore helping unload donations, organizing incoming inventory, displaying items for sale, and/or assisting customers. Please note that masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Any individual who is not vaccinated is required to wear a mask at all times. In addition to registering with Laurel, all volunteers will also need to register through VolunteerHub by September 17. For more information on ReStore’s COVID-19 safety protocols, click here.

    After our volunteer shift, we may gather at a nearby restaurant for food and drinks.

    Habitat for Humanity ReStore
    70 Rio Grande Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80223
    (303) 722-5863

    Co-Chairs: Cindy Mast Finigan ’89 (ckmfinigan@hotmail.com) and Courtney Batt ‘02 (cebatt@gmail.com)
  • MINNEAPOLIS / Kids In Need Foundation / Virtually Anytime

    The Kids In Need Foundation believes every child in America should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education. They partner with teachers and students in under-resourced schools, to provide the support needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn.

    The Supply a Teacher program provides teachers in underserved schools with a semester’s worth of essential school supplies for their class of students. Join Minneapolis-area alumnae in fundraising towards the goal of supplying 4 classrooms with the supplies they need!

    Chair: Laura Klement Anderson '03 (lauraklement@gmail.com)

  • NEW YORK CITY / NYC Parks / September 25 / 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    "Dig in" and help the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks horticulture staff restore Fort Tryon Park’s area along Broadway and the Alpine Garden area. Activities include removing debris and invasive plant species, weeding, mulching, and planting. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes, your face mask, and bring a filled water bottle. Meet inside Fort Tryon Park at the Broadway/Arden Street entrance. RSVPs required by Friday, September 10.

    NYC Parks | Fort Tryon Park
    Broadway and Arden Street
    (212) 795-1388

    Chair: Sara Hollabaugh Serbanoiu ‘13 (shollabaugh13@gmail.com)

    REGISTER TODAY!
  • VIRTUAL CHORUS

    Participate in a Laurel alumnae virtual chorus singing “Hold Fast to Dreams.” This three part (SSA) composition features text from Langston Hughes’ poem of the same title and music by composer Susan LaBarr. A video of a performance of the piece can be found here.

    The virtual chorus will be featured as part of the Oberlin Center for the Arts’ Postcard Project. These digital works of art aim to help alleviate loneliness amongst older adults in the community, specifically those most vulnerable who reside in medical and care facilities. 

    Once you register, Amy Goodman Weller ‘78 will be in touch with all the materials you need including music, learning aids, detailed instructions on how to record your video, and more!

    Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ‘78 (weller815@sbcglobal.net)
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. / Arcadia Farm / September 11 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Arcadia Farm, located on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, VA, aims to improve the health of the community, support the viability of local farmers and preserve the environment for future generations. The Farm works to address issues of food access/food justice, raise awareness about healthy food and its sources and establish innovative connections between local, sustainable farms and consumers.

    Join fellow Laurel alumnae for a morning of gardening while learning about the farm and sustainable food systems. Tasks include weeding, hoeing, building garden beds, moving wood chips and mulch and turning compost. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water. Gloves and tools are provided.

    Masks are required and each attendee must fill out a COVID-19 waiver 24 hours before the event.

    Arcadia Farm
    9000 Richmond Highway
    Alexandria, VA 22309
    (571) 384-8845

    Chair: Jennifer Beeson Gregory ‘88 (beesonic92@yahoo.com)
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