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​For Immediate Release: August 27, 2011

Providence College Students to Participate in Statewide Day of Public Service on
Friday, September 2, 2011

Providence, R.I. – Members of the Providence College community, including the entire Class of 2015, will take part in the College’s third annual Building Bridges day of service on Friday, September 2, 2011.

More than 900 members of the Class of 2015 will be joined by 108 site leaders, who include faculty, staff, and upperclassmen. The College volunteers will focus their efforts (around R.I. and in Mass.) on cleaning parks, bike paths, and assisting community agencies with projects that help to improve their services to clients.

In Providence, volunteers will work at the following locations (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (96) will   clean and weed various sections of the park.
  • Blackstone Boulevard, 600 Blackstone Blvd. – corner of Irving, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (30) will be weeding several gardens and tree beds. 
  • Church of St. Mary, 538 Broadway, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (15) will assist with organizational efforts for the church’s Christmas bazaar – arts and crafts preparations; also, various projects involving mailing and sorting. 
  • Fargnoli Park, Smith Street, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (20) will wash and stain wooden apparatus in the park.
  • WaterFire, 351 Eddy Street, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (40) will assist with “Woodpile Workout,” an event that prepares firewood for upcoming lightings. They will move and stack firewood in wood lots, as well as fill WaterFire's boats with firewood that will burn at the next lighting.
  • The Rhode Island Historical Society, 110 Benevolent Street, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (20) will be weeding, mulching, raking, planting, pruning, mowing, and painting - overall sprucing up of the place.
  • Habitat for Humanity of RI – Greater Providence, Inc.: Volunteers (60) will be painting, installing insulation, dry walling, and carpentry, 5 sites:
    • 30 Seabury Street, Providence
    • 34 Seabury Street, Providence
    • 531 Union Avenue, Providence
    • 38 Burnside Street, Providence
    • 83 Waldo Street, Providence
  • Blackstone Parks Conservancy, 548 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (20) will be performing landscaping duties, including staking straw logs into the ground.
  • Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council - Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (125) will participate in a water clean-up, general weeding, and clearing brush.
  • St. Patrick’s Academy, 244 Smith Street, Providence, R.I. – Volunteers will be organizing, cleaning, and decorating rooms/areas of the building.
  • North Burial Ground, 5 Branch Avenue, Providence, R.I. - Volunteers (60) will clean up, weeding historical cemetery.

In North Providence, volunteers will work at the following locations (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • St. Mary’s Home for Children, 420 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, R.I. –Volunteers (40) will be cleaning up the property grounds of the home. (Please, no photographing the children of the home)
  • The Fogarty Center, 220 Woonasquatucket Avenue, North Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (12) will be washing facility vehicles, cleaning windows, and vacuuming rugs.
  • The Fogarty Center, (Greater Providence Chapter R I Association For Retarded Citizens Inc, Steve N Picillo Community Ctr.), 2 Volturno Street, North Providence, R.I. – Volunteers (12) will be cleaning glass windows and window frames.

In Cumberland, volunteers will work at the following locations (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Boys & Girls Club Cumberland-Lincoln, 1 James McKee Way, Cumberland, R.I. – Volunteers (15) will be cleaning and painting the facility. 
  • The Fogarty Center, Tally-ho Road, Cumberland, R.I. – Volunteers (15) will be painting and trail grooming.

In Lincoln, volunteers will work at the following locations (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Blackstone River Bike Path, 2 Manchester Print Works Road, Lincoln, R.I. – Volunteer (12) will be replacing fence posts and rails on Blackstone River Bike Path.
  • MacColl YMCA, 26 Breakneck Hill Road, Lincoln, R.I. – Volunteers (30) will be painting interior and exterior, and break down camp grounds.

In Pawtucket, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • The Fogarty Center, 25 Thornley Street, Pawtucket, R.I. - Volunteers (8) will be performing a general clean-up and maintenance of the property, including painting.

In Cranston, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Cranston YMCA, 1225 Park Avenue, Cranston, R.I. – Volunteers (20) will assist with “end of summer camp clean up”; they will remove docks from water, paint boat houses, clear brush, and paint.

In East Greenwich, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • East Greenwich Land Trust/ Boesch Farm, 830 South Road, East Greenwich, R.I. – Volunteers (60) will assist with the preservation of agricultural homestead.

In Warwick, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council/Serve RI, Howard Conservation Area & Pontiac Canoe Launch, Warwick, R.I. – Volunteers (75) will prepare flower garden beds, landscape around canoe launch site, cut/remove invasive plants, clear/widen walking trails, weed, and some light debris collection/removal.

In West Kingston, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, "Camp Hoffman," 2850 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, R.I. - Volunteers (30) will clear paths, stack wood, and generally assist with cleaning the camp.

In Seekonk, volunteers will work at the following location (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk, Mass. – Volunteers (15) will clean camp area, take down tents, and store equipment.

In Rehoboth, volunteers will work at the following locations (Best time for media between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):

  • Town of Rehoboth - Town Hall, 148 Peck Street; Council of Aging, 55 Baystate Road; Highway Dept., 345 Anawan Street - Volunteers (80) will clean and paint.

Building Bridges is a key component of the New Student Orientation that brings freshmen to the PC campus for a single program the week before classes begin. The goal of Building Bridges is to create a deeper feeling of community, both on- and off-campus, by engaging students, faculty, staff, and community partners in service projects.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
ccentazz@providence.edu
401-865-2413
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