Collection of Service

Alumni Weekend

This April, as part of the College’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Alumni Council has initiated a Collection of Service program as an opportunity to highlight the service that countless alumni provide to their local communities around the world. The Collection of Service is a recognition, a celebration, and also an opportunity to bring alumni together for volunteer work that promotes the common good. There are 9 cities taking part in this first year for our Collection of Service (listed below, arranged by date)—Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Tucson, Oakland, Boston, North Carolina Triangle, and San Francisco.

To register, please click on the link below the name of the city and then fill out the Google Form provided. Please contact the Alumni Office at with any questions or if you would like to organize an event that will make a positive impact in your community—either for next year's Collection or for anytime between now and then.

In addition, if you already provide ongoing volunteer service to your community, please share your information with the Alumni Office so that your story might serve as inspiration to others.


Register for Denver

What: Habitat for Humanity

When: Saturday, April 5th from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (volunteers must commit to the full workday)

Where: A home construction site in the Denver area (volunteers will be contacted with details)

RSVP deadline: Please register for this service event by Friday, March 20th.

Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping create decent, safe and affordable places to live for everyone in need. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Families purchase their houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity in the Denver area, please visit:


Register for Philadelphia

What: Crum Cleanup

When: Sunday, April 6th, 2 p.m.

Where: Meet in the Amphitheater

Event Description: Philadelphia’s project will be right on campus, helping to keep Crum Woods pristine and trash-free. This event, suitable for all ages, will send us walking around its many trails in small groups, armed with garbage bags and in search of wrappers, cans, hula hoops, and whatever other detritus may have accumulated. At 4 p.m. we’ll reconvene to contemplate all the trash we’ve gathered, and how Spring is returning to the woods. (Okay, maybe not hula hoops...)

Please come dressed appropriately—walking shoes and preferably gloves. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Moskowitz '88 at or 610-604-0669.


Register for Atlanta

What: Atlanta Community Food Bank

When: Thursday, April 10 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW

Event Description: The ACFB is located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW. We will be sorting and packing food in the Product Rescue Center. Swarthmore has 10 spots available for the event, so please RSVP soon. Please contact Linda Valleroy '72 ( if you have any questions.

The Product Rescue Center (PRC) provides quality grocery items including non-perishable goods such as canned and packaged products as well as perishable goods such as frozen/refrigerated items and also health and beauty items to over 700 non-profit partner agencies in Metro Atlanta and the North Georgia area. These partner agencies, in turn, distribute these products to individuals and families in need. Volunteers make this possible by sorting, inspecting and packing donated items for these groups. The PRC is a fun, hands-on project for groups, families, businesses, schools, and individuals.

After the service event, from 9 p.m. on, the volunteers may want to enjoy a bite to eat and some good company at Apres Diem.

We hope to see you there!

More details on the service project:

* Requested Attire: Wear closed-toed shoes. No sandals, flip-flops, or high-heeled shoes are allowed.
* Arrival Time: 6 p.m. Late volunteers may be asked to return at a later date. Please notify the volunteer department at 678-553-5984 if you or your group are going to be late. (If you are running late for an evening shift please call 404-419-1733.)
* Age Requirements: Volunteers must be at least eight years old. An adult must accompany volunteers under 18 yrs. old. One adult chaperone is required: per 4 youths under 10; per 6 youths 10-13 yrs; per 10 youths 14-17yrs. All adult chaperones in your group will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and to accept responsibility for each youth present.
* Physical Requirements: Volunteers must be able to lift 20-40 lbs. and stand for prolonged periods of time. This project may require sorting of frozen or refrigerated items such as meats and dairy products. Gloves and aprons are provided on site for volunteers as needed.
* Parking and directions: Directions to our facility can be found at Please follow these directions, as some online mapping programs are inaccurate for our neighborhood. After parking, follow the signs to the PRC entrance located at the rear of the building. The parking lot at ACFB is locked after the end of each evening. If volunteering during these times, ACFB volunteers are advised not to leave their cars in our lot after their shift has concluded.
* Inclement Weather: In the event of extreme weather conditions, volunteers are advised to call 678-553-5984 for updated information as to the status of your volunteer shift.
* Documentation: If you need a document acknowledging your volunteer service, please ask the group leader during orientation.


Register for Houston

What: Houston Foodbank

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon

Where: 535 Portwall Street, Houston, TX 77029

Event Description: Houston volunteers will be working in the warehouse of the Houston Foodbank: Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon

There are 25 spots open for the Swarthmore group, including five children over the age of 6. If you have questions, please contact Connection Chair Curtis Trimble '96 at Make sure that you RSVP below if you plan to attend as Curtis will need to update the warehouse on our number of volunteers a week prior to our April 12th date. For those unfamiliar with the Foodbank and/or its mission, you can find more information here: Volunteer activities in the warehouse include cleaning and sorting received foodstuffs and repacking items for distribution.

Dress Code: Closed-toe shoes, long pants (preferred), t-shirt.

In order to volunteer at the Foodbank warehouse, each individual needs to register with the Foodbank. You may do so by clicking the following link and then following the "new user" prompt:

The Houston Foodbank warehouse is located about 7.5 miles east of downtown at 535 Portwall St., Houston, TX 77029 For directions, click on this link:

Age: Children as young as age 6 are welcome. For safety, please provide 1 adult to supervise every 2 children under age 8. For children age 8 and up, please provide 1 adult for every 10 kids.

For those interested in donating to the Foodbank, here is some additional information on methods and items most in need:


Register for Tucson

What: Casa de los Ninos Family Fiesta and Car Show

When: Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Reid Park Band Shell, 111 S. Randolph Way, just north of 22nd Street, between Country Club and Alvernon.

Event Description: Casa de los Ninos promotes child well-being and family stability in Tucson, offering shelter and counseling for abused and neglected children; parent education and child abuse prevention programs. The free Family Fiesta and Car Show will be a fun event for families, and as volunteers we’ll be helping to hand out water, staff the jumping castle and with other support tasks.

Family and friends are welcome to join us.

If you have any questions, please contact Connection Chair Laura Markowitz at (520) 990-9582 or

San Francisco Area (Oakland)

San Francisco Area (Oakland)

What: Volunteer with Save the Bay in Oakland!

When: Saturday, April 19th, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Where: Location: Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline (exact meeting location may change slightly—you will be notified), 7001 Edgewater Drive, Oakland

We will be providing much needed water to our plants, as well as removing trash and weeds from the area. Grab your rain gear or that perfect sun hat and help restore our estuary for the good of the planet! No experience necessary. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. Each event is led by Save The Bay staff certified in first aid and CPR.

There is space for 20 volunteers held for our group, no need to register directly with the partnering agency. After the shoreline clean-up, volunteers may want to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (optional!)

Important: Closed-toe shoes strongly encouraged. Long pants also suggested.


Register for Boston

What: Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

When: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Where: 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA

Event Description: Cradles to Crayons provides children (birth to age 12) living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items. First-time volunteers are given a short introduction to Cradles to Crayons, and then groups are assigned to project areas, where a C2C representative introduces the project and remains with the group for the entire session to answer any questions. Tasks include sorting incoming donations, sorting clothing by type and size, sorting books by age group, cleaning and sizing boots and shoes, assembling outfits, assembling packages for individual recipients.

Most tasks involve standing for two-hour shift. Children (5-18) are welcome, but must be registered in advance so appropriate tasks can be assigned.

For more information about Cradles to Crayons, or for directions, please visit

North Carolina Triangle

Register for North Carolina Triangle

What: Eno River Association Nature Preserve Clean-Up

When: April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Where: Hebron Road Rare Plant Preserve, 911 Hebron Road, Durham, NC

After the Eno River Clean-Up the volunteers may want to enjoy a 12:30 p.m. lunch at Durham Farmer's Market, 501 Foster Street, Durham.

Important: Closed toe shoes REQUIRED. Long pants suggested.

Questions? Contact George Telford '84 at

San Francisco Area (San Mateo)

Register for San Francisco Area (San Mateo)

What: Sort donations at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

When: Saturday, May 3rd 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Where: Bing Center, 1051 Bing Street, San Carlos

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties involves hundreds of volunteers each week in all aspects of their operation. They welcome and appreciate your time, talent, and interest for the benefit of others in our community. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Long pants are required, tank tops are not permitted. Sneakers, work shoes, or boots are required. No heels, open-toed shoes, or sandals are permitted. Necklaces and long earrings pose a safety concern in the warehouse. Additionally, it is suggested that you leave purses, jewelry, and other valuables at home or locked in your car trunk.

There is space for 20 volunteers held for our group, no need to register directly with the partnering agency. After the work is done, volunteers may want to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (optional!)