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Day of Service and Remembrance Sept. 15 will aid area community agencies

Students clear brush at local garden

Community agencies will get a helping hand Sept. 15 when Upstate Medical University students and employees participate in the university’s annual Day of Service and Remembrance.

The Upstate event is tied to the National Day of Service and Remembrance, designated by Congress as Sept. 11. The day seeks to engage communities in acts of kindness and service as a tribute to the victims and survivors of 9/11, and to those who responded to the attacks.

“Students and staff have made service to the community a key focus of the Upstate mission, but this day holds special importance because of its national focus,” said Simone Seward MPH, director of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Seward said the event is especially beneficial for new students and employees and those new to the Syracuse area. “This day provides us with the opportunity to visit various agencies and to learn more about their outreach efforts, and gain a greater understanding of why our support is so important to their missions.”

A new feature of Upstate’s Day of Service and Remember this year is a bus orientation to the Syracuse area hosted by community leaders and Upstate staff. As the buses transport individuals to the service sites, narrators will provide a history and perspective on the Syracuse neighborhoods. Buses will return to Upstate by 4 p.m.

Agencies that are the focus of Upstate’s community service efforts include: Brady Faith Farm, Chadwick Residence, Habitat for Humanity, HopePrint, Mary Nelson Youth Center, Salt City Harvest, the Rescue Mission Warehouse and two Thrifty Shopper stores, Salvation Army Family Shelter, Operation Northern Comfort at Zonta House and West Newell Street Garden.

Upstate is still seeking individuals to participate in the Day of Service and Remembrance. Please register by Sept. 10 here: http://bit.ly/2Kl82Sq.

Individuals participating in the Day of Service and Remembrance will check in at 9 a.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Academic Building to get their community service assignment.

For more information, contact Cindy Paikin at paikinc@upstate.edu.

Caption: Upstate students clear brush at the West Newell Street Garden as part of the Upstate’s 2018 National Day of Service and Remembrance.