Hundreds of SSU students to take part in Day of Caring event Oct. 6
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Landscaping an elderly person’s home. Boxing and packaging food for low-income families. Painting and repairing homes. Cleaning up local waterways and sorting though clothes at a community thrift store.

These are opportunities to give back to the community Sonoma State University students will seize upon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the annual Day of Caring, an event hosted by Join Us Making Progress (JUMP) in partnership with the United Way. JUMP is the hub for volunteerism and community service on campus.

There will be more than 30 volunteer projects this year, and the numerous possibilities enable students to choose something that interests them, providing volunteer manpower to support the vital projects of
local nonprofits. Last year, more than 500 SSU students united to volunteer in the community.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. in the main quad between the SSU Student Union and Salazar Hall and is followed by a kickoff rally at 8:30 a.m.

SSU president Ruben Armiñana, Associated Student Body President Karen Paniagua and Rohnert Park Mayor Jake Mackenzie will each address the mass of eager students ready to serve. After the rally, students head out to their volunteer projects, hoping to leave a positive mark on the surrounding community.

Some of the area nonprofits to benefit this year include Rebuilding Together Petaluma and Rohnert Park, the Northern California Center for Well-Being, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Santa Rosa and many more. Students are welcome to volunteer individually or with a student organization.

The Day of Caring was established in 1992 by the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.

This is the third year SSU and the United Way have joined forces to bring this large-scale community service event to life.
For more information, call 664-4277 or e-mail ssuvolunteers@gmail.com.

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