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 one-day project held each fall.

For our ninth Sarah Lyman Day, we will collaborate with nonprofit organizations in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Durham, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland (Maine), Seattle, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C.
All projects require registration.

Click on any city in the table for project details and a registration link.

List of 13 items.

  • BOSTON / Community Servings / September 28 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Community Servings is a nonprofit food and nutrition program that provides services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Annually, Community Servings provides 650,000 made from scratch and medically tailored meals for 2,300 individuals suffering from illnesses and their families. Their goal is to help clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education and other community programs.
    Volunteers work alongside kitchen staff chopping, peeling and processing produce, sealing meals, labeling diets, portioning out soups, salads and snacks, packing bags and assembling meals.
    The dress code is sneakers (no flats, sandals, or boat shoes), pants (no capris), and at least a t-shirt length sleeve.
    Community Servings
    18 Marbury Terrace
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    Chair: Hannah Sobel ’06 |

  • CHICAGO / Cradles to Crayons / September 28 / 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 who are living in homeless and low-income situations with clothing, books, school supplies and the essentials that help them thrive and feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued.
    Volunteer activities will include inspecting, sorting and packing toys, books, clothes and other essential items on the children’s wish lists. Please wear warm layers and closed-toe shoes. You will be receiving information about registering with Cradles to Crayons in advance of the day.
    We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow.
    Cradles to Crayons
    4141 West George Street
    Chicago, IL 60641
    Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ’78 |

  • CLEVELAND / Buckeye Learning Farm / September 28 / 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    Green Corps is an urban agricultural work-study program for high school teens founded by the Cleveland Botanical Garden. For over 20 years, it has employed over 1,000 youth who work part-time in the summer at one of four urban learning farms in the Midtown, Slavic Village, Fairfax and Buckeye-Woodland communities.

    The program teaches valuable job and leadership skills, including professional communication with the public at farmer’s markets, as well as life skills like participating in a cook-off and end-of-the-season career day. Through farm tours, community plots, educational opportunities and involvement with local partners, Green Corps has become a reliable resource for local Clevelanders providing fresh produce in an urban food desert.
    Come harvest, mulch and manicure gardens at the Buckeye Learning Farm! Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. We will have some gardening gloves to share, but please bring your own if possible.
    Buckeye Learning Farm
    11305 Woodland Avenue (at E. 114th)
    Chair: Laurel School Alumnae Board |

  • CLEVELAND, Sponsored by the Young Alumnae Committee / Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank / September 28 / 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success. Yet two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children’s book. 

    Since their first distribution in March 2016, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank has given away more than one million books to families in need through more than 700 partner organizations and with the help of 4,000 volunteers. It distributes 40,000 - 60,000 books a month to low-income children through partners and more than 100 Little Free Libraries.
    Join us in browsing, batching and boxing books for distribution to community organizations. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Parking is free and plentiful in the attached lot.
    Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
    3635 Perkins Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    Chair: Laurel School Young Alumnae Committee |

  • COLUMBUS / Meals-on-Wheels / September 28 / 9:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    LifeCare Alliance is central Ohio's first in-home health care agency and the nation's second agency to deliver Meals-on-Wheels. Each day, LifeCare Alliance provides thousands of meals to residents across Franklin and other central Ohio counties.

    Join your fellow Columbus-area alumnae to deliver hot, nutritious meals to our home-bound neighbors. We will meet at LifeCare Alliance and carpool (2-3 per car) to deliver meals to those in need. Afterwards we will all meet up for lunch!
    Meals-on-Wheels at LifeCare Alliance
    670 Harmon Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43223
    Chair: Rose Babington ’04 |

  • DENVER / Food Bank of the Rockies / September 28 / 12:15–3:30 p.m.

    The mission of the Food Bank of the Rockies is to help families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through their programs and partner agencies. 

    Volunteers will work at the main warehouse’s reclamation area to inspect, clean, sort and box items received through food drives and grocery rescue for distribution to clients. This requires an attention to detail and is a low-impact/physical area, although it does require standing for the shift.
    Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Food Bank of the Rockies in advance of the day. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for a warehouse workplace setting. There is plentiful parking near the volunteer entrance at the south end of the building facing I-70.

    After our volunteer shift, we will go to Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO) for snacks and drinks.

    Food Bank of the Rockies

    10700 E. 45th Avenue
    Denver, CO 80239
    Chair: Cindy Mast Finigan ’89

  • DURHAM / Keep Durham Beautiful / September 28 / 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Since 2004 Keep Durham Beautiful has connected communities across Durham through their mission of waste reduction, litter prevention and community gardening. They aim to engage and inspire individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment.

    An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Durham Beautiful provides the tools and opportunities for all residents to become stewards of the environment and take ownership of their communities. Last year 3,590 residents planted over 1,200 trees and collected over 74,000 pounds of litter.
    Volunteers will participate in a community beautification project that may include tree planting and/or litter prevention.
    Keep Durham Beautiful
    roject location TBA
    2011 Fay Street
    Durham, NC 27704
    Chair: Jenna Bailey ’12

  • LOS ANGELES / Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) / September 28 / 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

    GALA is the first public all-girls school in Los Angeles. Through a highly rigorous college preparatory curriculum, GALA provides girls in grades 6 through 12 with a clear pathway to college in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The school opened in August 2016 and will have its first graduating class at the end of this school year. Like Laurel, GALA is a member of the National Coalition of Girls Schools, providing advocacy, networking and professional development among girls’ schools.
    Over lunch and breakout groups with the junior and senior class, Laurel alumnae will serve as mentors to the next generation of female leaders, sharing their experiences transitioning from an all-girls school to finding their career path. Please be prepared to talk about your education and career path. The students want to hear about dreams, passions, barriers, successes and advice about life journeys.
    Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA)
    1067 West Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Chair: Laura Holmes ’03 |

  • NEW YORK CITY / NYC Parks / September 28 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land— 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. NYC Parks looks after 600,000 street trees and two million more in parks. They are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs.
    Alumnae volunteers will spend the morning caring for local street trees in the Bronx. We will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees---and the important role street trees play in New York City. Please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

    We will meet at the corner of McGraw Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue (near Virginia Playground) in the Bronx. There is a 6 train stop one block south at Parkchester.

    New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
    McGraw Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10472
    Chair: Sara Hollabaugh ‘13

  • PORTLAND, MAINE / Maine Audubon / September 28 / 7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

    Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.There is a long tradition of art being a part of the history of Audubon Societies going back to John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.” At Maine Audubon, they are reengaging with their artistic legacy through exhibitions of Maine artists in the Gilsland Farm Gallery, workshops and classes that connect the art, nature, and wildlife of Maine, and the return of the annual craft show, The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon.

    Laurel alumnae will volunteer at The Nature of Craft: Maine Artisans at Maine Audubon. This fine art and craft show highlights artists and artisans of the highest quality who exemplify the best of Maine. The juried event will include 70+ fine artists and artisans, demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and local food trucks. 

    Volunteers will help set up the fair and run booths. There are non-physically demanding roles available. Join us anytime within the 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. time frame for as long as you’re able to stay. We plan to have lunch together at the local food trucks.
    Maine Audubon’s The Nature of Craft
    Gilsland Farm Aududon Center
    20 Gilsland Farm Road
    Falmouth, ME 04105
    Chair: Jaclyn Janis ’03

  • SEATTLE / Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center / September 28 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Food Lifeline volunteers will help sort and repack bulk donations of food for the 300 member food banks, meal programs and shelters that serve 116,000 meals every day. Please wear warm layers and closed-toe shoes.

    Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Food Lifeline in advance of the day. There are a few volunteer youth spots for children ages 6 and older if you are interested in bringing your daughter, son or grandchild with you.

    We plan to coordinate a lunch after the volunteer shift—details to follow for those who RSVP. 

    Food Lifeline

    815 S 96th Street
    Seattle, WA 98108
    (206) 545-6600

     Heather Cargile Lakefish ’91
    Laurel Rep: Susan Walter Cargile '60

  • TWIN CITIES / Project TBA / September 28 / Time TBA

    Project TBA
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. / DC Central Kitchen / September 28 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. They develop and operate social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty.

    They fight hunger by training jobless adults for culinary careers and then hiring dozens of their own graduates to prepare the three million meals they provide each year. Their ventures also prevent the waste of millions of pounds of food, expand access to healthy, local options in urban food deserts, and scale their model nationally through strategic partnerships with colleges and universities.
    Every day volunteers help DC Central Kitchen transform 3,000 pounds of donated food into 5,000 balanced meals that are distributed at little or no cost to 80 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations.There are spaces for 12 volunteers to help with meal preparation. Please wear closed-toe shoes, shirts with sleeves and long pants.
    Using public transportation is highly recommended as there is no on-site parking at the Kitchen. The closest metro stop is Judiciary Square on the Red Line.
    We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.
    DC Central Kitchen
    425 Second Street NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Chair: Nicole Brown ’04


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