Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service
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 eighth Sarah Lyman Day, we will collaborate with nonprofit organizations in Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, New York City, Portland (Maine), Seattle, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C.
All projects require registration.
Click on any city in the below table to reveal specific project details and a registration link.
Miracle League Delray Beach
Join us for Opening Day of the fall ball season with the Miracle League of Delray Beach! The mission of the Miracle League of Delray Beach/Palm Beach is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. The field has a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.
You do not need to have any knowledge of baseball, just a desire to make a difference and put a smile on a child’s face! As it is Opening Day, many volunteers are needed so bring friends and family for a fun afternoon. Volunteers can be a buddy to a young player, hand out uniforms, cheer for the kids or bring baked goods and work in the concession stand.
Miracle League Delray Beach/Palm Beach County
Robert P. Miller Park
Miracle League Field #6
1905 SW 4th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444
Chair: Trudi Gronbach Stevens ’55 firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-362-8363
Community Servings is a food and nutrition non-profit that provides services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Annually, it provides 560,000 made from scratch and medically tailored meals for 1,850 individuals suffering from illnesses and their families.
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.
18 Marbury Terrace
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Chair: Hannah Sobel ’06 email@example.com
Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 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-toed shoes. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Cradles to Crayons in advance of the day.
We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.
Cradles to Crayons
4141 West George Street
Chicago, IL 60641
Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ’78 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaker Lakes Nature Center
Serving the community as a conserved green space, the Nature Center connects visitors with nature and inspires environmental stewardship in the thousands of adults and children served each year through unique and engaging programming and educational offerings. It has been designated as a National Environmental Education Landmark (U.S. Park Service), an Important Bird Area (Audubon Society), and an official Wildlife Habitat Site (National Wildlife Federation).
Join us in improving the habitat of the wildlife area of the Shaker Parklands on National Public Lands Day. Started in 1994 National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day effort to preserve and protect public lands. Tasks may include pulling invasive species and some trash clean up. Gloves, tools, trash bags, and safety vests will be provided.
There are spaces for 20 volunteers. Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.
Shaker Lakes Nature Center
2600 South Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Chair: Donna Jeffries Cook ’89 email@example.com
CLEVELAND YOUNG ALUMNAE | YWCA Norma Herr Women's Center | September 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Laurel School and The YWCA Norma Herr Women’s Center
Join us for a morning of self-care and caring for others! We’ll kick off the morning with a yoga session with certified instructor Eme Tesar ’13. The practice is designed for all experience levels---whether it’s your first time or you do lotus pose daily!
Then we will prepare care kits to donate to women at the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Norma Herr Women’s Center (NHWC). A list of the NHWC's most needed items for care kits is provided below. Item contributions brought to the event are appreciated but not required.
The YWCA aims to empower women in the NHWC to receive the institutional services to which they are entitled and which they often require in order to overcome their experiences of homelessness, trauma, physical abuse and substance abuse, and re-establish self-sufficiency and independence in our community. As advocates for women, YWCA of Greater Cleveland recognizes the unique and often unheard voice of women in shelters, along with the systemic barriers to equality and the need to remove these barriers to empower women.
If you would like to donate to the care kits, the NHWC’s top needs include:
- Laundry detergent pods
- Body wash
- Bar soap
- Adult depends
- Lysol disinfectant wipes
1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank works to connect hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for a lifetime. Last year they distributed about 70 million pounds of food, half of which was fresh. They provide food for about 155,000 meals every day.
Volunteer jobs include sorting, inspecting and repacking food donations. You may be inspecting food items for damage, boxing frozen meats, bagging produce, assembling care packages, or any other of a number of important projects! Please register by September 15 so we can give the Food Bank an accurate count.
Please wear comfortable layers and closed-toed shoes. Be advised that there may be lifting involved (boxes weigh between 10 and 30 pounds).
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
3960 Brookham Drive
Grove City, OH 43123
Chair: Rose Babington '04 firstname.lastname@example.org
Funny Girl Farm
Funny Girl Farm is a local farm that follows sustainable and organic practices to grow vegetables and produce eggs from hens on pasture. Sales from their farmstand and community supported agriculture (CSA) program--featuring vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, eggs, pasture-raised meat, and fruits--help the local economy, provide opportunities for beginning farmers and support mindful stewardship of the land. Funny girl farm also provides classes, camps, and field trips to give children hands-on learning about the natural world including concepts in science and agriculture.
Join us and get your hands dirty supporting this local farm! We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.
Funny Girl Farm
504 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27707
Chair: Jenna Bailey ‘12 email@example.com
Part of the Solution (POTS)
Part of the Solution (POTS) aims to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door. It provides a mosaic of services in a “one-stop-shop” model to address the community’s diverse and complex needs. Its services include a food pantry, clothing room, shower facilities, legal clinic, case management, workforce development, and a family club.
There are spaces for 12 volunteers to provide lunch service in the community dining room. Please dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes.
Part of the Solution
2759 Webster Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center
This event takes place on October 6, 2018
Food Lifeline has moved to the brand new Hunger Solution Center. Volunteers will help sort and repack bulk donations of food for the 275 member food banks, meal programs and shelters that serve 91,000 meals every day.
Please wear warm layers and closed-toed shoes.
We plan to coordinate a lunch after the volunteer shift—details to follow for those who RSVP. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Food Lifeline in advance of the day. Registrations with Food Lifeline are due by September 29. 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.
815 S 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98108
Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.
Volunteers will work side-by-side with youth employees to scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies and assemble bakery boxes. Assisting with cookie production provides the opportunity to help model professional behavior to youth employees while also helping them practice their interpersonal skills. It also creates a natural opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart and share your story on how you found your career path. Please be prepared to talk about your career path. Our teen staff love to hear about dreams, passions, barriers, successes and advice about life paths.
Dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes. Please refrain from wearing watches and rings (only engagement/wedding rings are allowed). Cookie Cart will provide aprons, hairnets and rubber gloves.
1119 W Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Chair: Anita Lee ‘88 firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food and family supports. Martha’s Table focuses on four areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, Healthy Connections, and Emergency Support Services. Volunteers will help with meal preparation for the nightly hot meals Martha’s Table distributes.
There are spaces for 15 volunteers. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.
Using public transportation or carpooling is highly recommended as street parking can be challenging and/or expensive.
2114 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Chair: Nicole Brown ’04 email@example.com
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We'd love to expand our reach for Fall 2019. If you are interested in organizing an alumnae volunteer effort in your city for 2019, please contact the Alumnae Office at Alumnae@LaurelSchool.org.