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Spring Into Service 2012

Here we've compiled service events and donation drives being organized by both on-campus departments and student groups, as well as community organizations. If you would like to add something to the calendar, please email


Ongoing Opportunities


6th Annual April Showers: A Personal Care Drive to Benefit Mary House

Date: April 11th-25th, 2012

Location: Drop boxes in Harkins Hall (Room 208), the lower level of St. Dominic’s Chapel or the Feinstein Academic Center (Room 402)

Please join the Office of Academic Affairs, in collaboration with Campus Ministry & the Feinstein Institute, in April Showers as we collect donations for Mary House.  Mary House, the Social Services Ministry of St. Patrick Church, provides nutritious food, personal care items and small household goods to those in need. Beginning on April 11th, donations of personal care items may be dropped off in Harkins Hall (Room 208), the lower level of St. Dominic’s Chapel or the Feinstein Academic Center (Room 402).

We are collecting: Antiseptic Cream, Bar Soap, Combs/Brushes, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Feminine Care Products, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap, Mouthwash, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Sunscreen and Toilet Paper.  Please note that smaller size items (hotel/sample sizes) are appreciated, as they are portable.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa @ 865.1765 or


Ronald McDonald Family Room @ Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Date: April 2nd -May 14th

Location: Human Resources Department, Harkins Hall, Room 302

Please join the Human Resources Department in making a donation to the Providence Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the 4th floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

When children are hospitalized, it can be very stressful for parents and other family members who spend a lot of time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  The Providence Ronald McDonald Family Room is a source of comfort for the family.  It’s an area where they can take a break, grab a snack, a cup of coffee, check email, or even do a load of laundry.

The most pressing needs of the Providence Ronald McDonald Family Room are: paper towels, napkins, 13 gallon trash bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, small bars of soap, and dishwashing detergent.  In addition, food items for snacks, such as microwave popcorn; pudding snack packs, canned fruit, juice boxes, individual packs of cookies or crackers and Keurig pods are also needed.

Donations may be dropped off at the Human Resources Department, Harkins Hall, Room 302 April 2nd through May 14th.  Should you have any questions, please contact Colleen Day @2745 or  As the spring quickly approaches, please join us in the celebration of giving to others during these difficult times.


Move-Out Clothing & Food Drive

Date: Starting May 8th - Exams

Location: Residence Hall Lobbies
Each year during student move-out, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety collects used clothing and non-perishable food items to be donated to charity. We have been doing this for over 10 years now. Our staff sets up collection bins/boxes for both in the lobbies of each of the Residence halls. Students can begin to drop off their gently used clothing and non-perishable food items in the lobby of their dorm  on Tuesday May 8. Clothing is donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Food goes to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Contact Tom Schenck,, for more information.

April 14th 



St. Mary’s Home for Children

Date: April 14, 2012

The Accounting Association is partnering with the global accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to help clean up St. Mary's Home for Children in North Providence.  On Saturday April 14, we will have about 50 volunteers, a combination of students and Providence alumni who now work at PwC, performing clean up services for St. Mary's.  We will be painting bedrooms, mulching the playground, and cleaning up the yard work.  As a pre-professional club, the Accounting Association mainly focuses on bringing in employers to help people make connections for their futures.

E-Waste Recycling Day

Date: April 14, 2012

Time: 9 am - 12 p.m.

Location: Texas Roadhouse, Warwick Parking Lot

Spread the word to your family and friends! Ask about electronic waste where you work or go to school. If you can't bring your items to us, Bridge will pick them up. Just let us know how we can help! For more information on what you can drop off, visist the Bridge Blog at A small donation per item is encouraged. All proceeds are to benefit the First Lutheran Church. Questions? Call Bridge Technical Solutions at 401-398-1900x100.


April 20th





Providence College's Relay for Life

Date: April 20-21, 2012

Time: 6pm-6am

Location: Peterson Center

Relay for Life is an all-night fundraiser in which the Providence College community walks to fight back against cancer. All proceeds raised by Relay for Life participants go to the American Cancer Society, which funds research, treatment, and other services for cancer patients.  Last year Providence College raised over $90,000 for the American Cancer Society, and the American Cancer Society has recognized our Colleges Against Cancer chapter as 1 of only 27 "Leaders of Hope" in the nation.

Ways That You Can Join the Fight: 1. Form a Team: Form a team with students, faculty members, or other members of the Providence College community. Find out how at 2. Know a Survivor/Are you one?: Survivors are one of the many inspirations for why we Relay. Contact Meg Reidy at for more information regarding how we honor our survivors at Relay for Life. 3. Donate: Support your favorite participant, team, or the Relay for Life cause. No dollar amount is too small! Donate online at

Questions about Relay? Contact Kristen Borowiec ( or Stacy Thomas (


April 21st


Fusion: Alumni Give Back

Local Project Date: April 21, 2012 – Mal Brown Club (Providence Area Club)

Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Corliss Park, Providence, RI

Click here for more information and to register

FUSION (Friars United for Service In Our Neighborhood) was developed by the College’s Providence President’s Council and was launched in 2007 as part of a multi-year agreement with the City of Providence Parks Department. Volunteers, including President’s Council members, students, alumni, faculty, and staff members, have joined parks department and other community representatives annually on a Saturday in April to improve the physical condition of a community site. The focus for the first five years was the historic Esek Hopkins Homestead in Providence. This year’s site will be Corliss Park in Providence.

Over the years, FUSION has expanded to include communities beyond Providence, with alumni reaching out to assist projects in increasing numbers. This year, regional clubs are volunteering all over the east coast. 

For more dates and locations, visit If you do not see an service site in your area, but are interested in getting one started please email us at

Annual Roger Williams Park Clean Up 

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 (held rain or shine)

Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Clean Up

Location: Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI 

Click Here to Register by April 17, 2012. 

Join Serve Rhode Island, in partnership with the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative (OSEEC) AmeriCorps program, for its 4th annual Roger Williams Park Clean Up in observance of Earth Day and Serving RI Week.  The cleanup is a focused effort to have volunteers collect and clear the litter and debris that continually builds up in the Roger Williams Park pond system. OSEEC AmeriCorps members will lead volunteer groups of 15-20 individuals from multiple registration locations in the park. Once registered each individual will receive a confirmation email with registration location.  

The event will take place rain or shine! Please bring your own rakes and gloves if you have them!

 Serve Rhode Island is committed to including all Rhode Islanders in service to our communities. By actively recruiting persons with a broad range of abilities to help improve service and programs, we raise awareness about the value of diversity in our communities. If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Kerry Burns, Disability Inclusion Coordinator, at or by phone 401-331-2298.


Neutaconkanut Hill Earth Day Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Meet at park gate at end of Legion Memorial Drive, Providence

(Rain date: April 22)

Join the Providence Parks Department and the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy for this Earth Day Cleanup. Neutaconkanut is located on Plainfield St. in Providence. Owned by the City of Providence, the forested hill was ‘forgotten’ for many years. Through the efforts of the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Inc. (NHC), in cooperation with the Providence Parks Department, this hidden woodland-treasurer has been making a ‘debut’ these past few years.

Projects will include planting pine trees, seeding grass, spreading woodchips, litter pickup, and removing invasive vines. Wear workclothes. The Conservancy will provide lunch.

Questions? Contact Susan at 401-845-6594,; or Elli at 401-943-1219, Visit for more information.


April 28th




Smith Hill Library Spring Into Service Cleanup and Fundraiser

Date: April 28, 2012

Time: Set Up 9-10 a.m.; Cleanup and Fundraiser 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Meet at Library, 31 Candace St., Providence

Join the Friends of the Smith Hill Library on April 28th to work with community residents on cleanup projects, as well as a book and bake sale to raise money for the Library. The Smith Hill Library provides programming for kids and adults and serves as a safe meeting place and learning center for people of all ages.

See for more information on the Library. Also visit the Friends of the SH Library’s blog at

Email for more information or to RSVP. 

Clean Day on the Greenway 2012

Date: April 28, 2012

Time: 8:30am registration; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Riverside Park in Providence

Click Here to Pre-register.

On April 28, 2012 from 9am-2pm, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, members of the Olneyville Collaborative, and local businesses will come together with hundreds of volunteers to take part in Clean Day on the Greenway (CDGW)!

CDGW, now in its tenth year brings over 300 volunteers together to clean and beautify the Woonasquatucket River and the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path from Providence to Johnston, including three Providence city parks. Our efforts this year will include a community mural, weeding and mulching tree wells and plant beds, planting, removing graffiti, touching up paint on benches, pulling debris from in and near the river, and more!

We encourage TEAMS, so register with a group of friends, family or co-workers! Please specify if you're registering as part of a team and let us know if there's a particular area where you want to work. We welcome children of all ages as long as they are accompanied by an adult (waiver forms must be signed at registration).

We'll have DJs playing music in multiple locations throughout the day and volunteers get snack and water, cool free t-shirts, and a celebratory lunch at 1:00 back at Riverside Park! Pretty nice.

Spin-A-Thon to Benefit The Rhode Island Foster Parents ASPIRE Program

Date: Saturday, April 28th

Times: 11 a.m.

Location: Slavin Lawn

Sign up for the first spin-a-thon to be held at providence college!  This will be a great event that will be a lot of fun while raising money for a fantastic organization!  It’s easy to sign up! Get a team of 3-5 people together and stop by the Ticket Office at the Slavin Information booth today to register (between April 2-6, 10am-10pm) & pay ($120/bike –cash or check). For more information, visit    




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