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 3rd annual Collection of Service, seven cities have organized service events (full details below)—Boston, Daly City, North Carolina, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tucson, and Washington DC.

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 Boston

What: Book Sorting at More Than Words

When: Sunday, May 1st from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: 242 E. Berkeley Street, Boston

As our contribution to this year's 3rd Annual Alumni Collection of Service events this spring, we'll be volunteering at More Than Words bookstore in Boston. More Than Words empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. They challenge local youth with two jobs: the Business Job and the You Job, then provide two years of follow-up through our Graduate Program.

On Saturday, May 1 we'll be helping More Than words at their bookstore warehouse in Boston with various tasks that support their business model.


Daly City

Register Here for Daly City

What: Native plant restoration of San Bruno Mountain

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: San Bruno Mountain (near Daly City, details will follow)

Native habitat restoration, such removing invasive plant species that are detrimental to the health of native habitats.


North Carolina

Register Here for North Carolina

What: Habitat For Humanity Build & BBQ

When: Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Exact location will be provided later

Let’s work in the morning, and then stay together for a BBQ lunch!

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 by April 11th with the link above or directly to George Telford '84 at or 919.672.2781.



Register Here for Philadelphia

What: John Heinz Center Darby Creek Clean-Up

When: Saturday, April 23rd, 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Where: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

As our contribution to this year's Worldwide Alumni Collection of Service events in April, we'll be taking part in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge creek cleanup, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. If you are able, wear some Swarthmore garb so we can find one another at the event. Additionally, we've asked the organizers to try and point our volunteers to a specific area along the creek. This is a good event for the whole family; here's more information about it:

"Join us for the best time you'll ever have getting dirty!  It's time for the annual spring clean up of the Darby Creek Watershed. The Wildlife Refuge will provide bags and gloves (or bring your own), but come dressed to get dirty and then join alums and other volunteers for a hot dog and veggie dog lunch!  Bring friends, family, people from work, and have a blast improving the habitat for wildlife and ourselves!"

Kindly RSVP with the link above or directly to Jim Moskowitz ’88 at so that we can let the Wildlife Center know how many volunteers to expect.


San Francisco

Register Here for San Francisco

What: Park Clean Up Habitat for Humanity

When: Saturday, April 9th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Optional lunch at a local restaurant to follow.

Where: Palou Phelps Mini Park (Palou Ave. and Phelps St., San Francisco)

Volunteers will be pruning shrubs and trees, removing brush and debris and overall helping to improve and beautify this wonderful San Francisco recreational space.



Register Here for Tucson

What: Community Food Bank (

When: Saturday, April 16th from 9 a.m. – 12 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 16th, 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!


Washington DC

Register Here for Washington DC*

What: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

When: Saturday, April 16th, 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Where: St. Coletta School, 1901 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. (across the street from the Stadium-Armory Metro)

Organization Name: Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN),  KEEN provides one-to-one sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities.  The kids are all of different ability levels, and so there will be appropriate opportunities for volunteers of all activity levels.  Sample activities may include more strenuous activities like basketball or more relaxing activities like walking.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 11:15 am to 2:45 pm.  (11:15 - 11:45 am is volunteer orientation and training, Session #1 (for younger kids) is 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, and Session #2 (for older kids) is 1:15 - 2:45 pm.)

After Swatties RSVP to you/us, KEEN will then need all volunteers to (1) register with KEEN as a volunteer and also (2) sign up for this particular event, both of which can be done via this link: