UMass Dartmouth honors September 11 with community service
The 8th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members
On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the UMass Dartmouth community along with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA will once again collaborate on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This year’s day will consist of with two shifts: 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m. This community service event, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, works to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries including Arnie’s Cupboard, located on campus.
“This event not only raises awareness about hunger issues, but the hands-on experiences of harvesting fresh produce fosters teamwork and a sense of place in the community,” said UMassD Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.
Last year, 250 UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff harvested 12,335 pounds of fresh vegetables and removed 10,500 feet of plastic used to protect the plants during the growing season.
In the 2017-18 academic year, UMass Dartmouth students performed 256,978 hours of service valued at $8 million. Over 90% of the student body was involved in either service learning or community service/volunteerism.