Collection of Service

Alumni Weekend

As part of Swarthmore College’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2014, the Alumni Council 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. In this year’s second annual Collection of Service, eight cities have organized service events (full details below)—Atlanta, Boston, DC/Baltimore, North Carolina, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Tucson.

To register, please click on the registration link below the name of the city and fill out the Google Form provided or contact the individual organizers—word will go to the organizers in either case. 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 Here for Atlanta

What: Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB)

When: Thursday, April 9th from 5:45 - 8:30 p.m. (Training begins promptly at 6 p.m.)

Where: 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW

Atlanta's alumni organizers have reserved 18 volunteer spots in the warehouse of the Atlanta Community Food Bank for Thursday evening, April 9th from 5:45 - 8:30 p.m. After the work, at around 9 p.m., everyone is invited to met at Apres Diem,

We hope to be able to eat outside like we did last time. We had a very nice group and a good conversation. You can’t converse while you are sorting frozen meat and weighing it.

We need volunteers in order to keep our reserved spot! Please contact Linda Valleroy '72 at ( as soon as possible if you can make it out for this service event.

Please register as soon as possible so that Linda can let the Food Bank know we will have enough volunteers for the reserved slots.

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 14-17 yrs. All adult chaperones in your group will be asked to sign in upon arrival, and to accept responsibility for each youth present.

Participants must wear closed-toed shoes. No sandals, flip-flops, or high-heeled shoes are allowed. You must arrive before 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.) Directions can be found at



Register Here for Boston

What: Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory

When: Saturday, April 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA

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



Register Here for DC/Baltimore

What: Capital Partners for Education Career Fair

When: Saturday, April 11 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Jesuit Academy, 900 Varnum St NE, Washington, DC 20017

DC/Baltimore’s Connection Chairs Maggie Delorme '10, Frank Mazzucco '08, and Martha Marrazza '09 are inviting the Swarthmore community members to volunteer for the Capital Partners for Education (CPE) annual Career Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. in a downtown location that is still being determined.

CPE helps underprivileged students in the DC area attend a rigorous college preparatory high school and go to college by providing mentoring, academic support, and enrichment opportunities.

CPE is looking for about 40-45 professionals to represent different careers, including, but not limited to health care, journalism, sports management or marketing, the arts, psychology, technology, criminal justice, engineering, politics, international relations, education, and science. Career Fair volunteers will not be asked to make formal presentations, but they should be willing to talk to high school students about the different types of jobs available in their fields and what students can do now if they are interested in pursuing that career.

If you are interested in participating in the 2015 Career Fair, please visit and fill out the form. CPE asks that volunteers bring 100 business cards to hand out to students. If you cannot bring 100 business cards, please mark “I will need CPE to supply 100 business cards for me” on the form.

Once you have completed your form, please let the College know by emailing the Alumni Office at We will make sure that you know the event location.


North Carolina

Register Here for North Carolina

What: Habitat For Humanity Build

When: Saturday, April 18 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: 207 South Driver Street, Durham, NC

Important Note: Before the build begins there will be a pre-event brunch from 10:30 a.m.–noon at Dame's Chicken & Waffles, 317 W Main St., Durham, NC 27701

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.

No volunteers under 16 years of age are permitted on construction sites. For more information about Habitat for Humanity in the Durham area, please visit:

Kindly RSVP to by April 11 to George Telford '84 at or 919-672-2781.

We hope to see you there! Thank You!


Palo Alto

Register Here for Palo Alto

What:V olunteer with Save the Bay in Palo Alto!

When: Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Optional lunch at a local restaurant to follow.

Where: Palo Alto Baylands (exact address will be provided approximately1 week before the event)

In honor of Earth Day, join us to protect, restore, and celebrate the wetlands of San Francisco Bay! Wetlands provide many benefits for our planet, including water filtration, wildlife habitat, and protection from rising sea levels. Grab your rain gear or that perfect sun hat and help restore our local wetlands 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. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 16. Closed-toe shoes strongly encouraged. Long pants also suggested.

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 together at a local restaurant.



Register Here for Philadelphia

What: Crum Cleanup

When Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

Where: Meet in the Amphitheater

Again this April, each of Swarthmore's regional connections has been asked to organize an alumni service project, to bring alumni together for a day to volunteer. 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, basketballs, 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 basketballs…)

Cost: Free, but please come dressed appropriately—walking shoes and preferably gloves. RSVP's requested but not required, to or 610-604-0669.


San Francisco

Register Here for San Francisco

What: Volunteer with Project Open Hand (kitchen preparation and food sorting)

When: Saturday, May 9th, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: 730 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

All shifts include an orientation and a meal. We'll be working in either the: Grocery Center (tasks may include sorting, bagging, culling food items, stocking our Grocery Center shelves, shopping for our clients or assisting in our kitchen during special projects) or the Kitchen (volunteers slice and dice whole food and help assemble meal packages for our clients to pick up).

All volunteers must be 15 years or older and dress appropriately in close-toed shoes, shirts with sleeves (no tank tops) and full length pants (no shorts/capris/ skirts, etc.). Hats are also welcomed for volunteers who prefer not to wear hairnets.

There is space for 12 volunteers held for our group, no need to register directly with the partnering agency.



Register Here for Tucson

What: Community Food Bank (

When: Saturday, April 11th from 9 a.m. - noon

Where: 3003 S Country Club, Tucson

Tucson's Connection Chair Laura Markowitz '85 has arranged for Swarthmore community members to volunteer as a group at the Community Food Bank on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. - noon. The Swarthmore group will be helping pack emergency food boxes and sorting through items for clients.

The Community Food Bank is located at 3003 S Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85713 (This is south of East 36th and north of East Ajo Way. Please be aware that Country Club does not go through, so take Campbell, Kino, or Park to 36th). For more information on the Community Food Bank please visit

Kindly RSVP to Laura Markowitz at 520-990-9582 or as she will need to give the Food Bank an exact count of how many volunteers are coming.

We hope to see you there! Thank You!