September 8, 2008

President Snyder invites campus to serve at Case for Community Day

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

Barbara R. Snyder

Case for Community Day marks an opportunity for us to pitch in on projects throughout the area, and at the same time learn more about a wide range of organizations and individuals across greater Cleveland. I encourage all of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and other supporters to spend the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 19 participating in this important effort.

No matter your skills or interests, chances are that several of the more than 50 different opportunities will appeal. Our volunteers will help with voter registration and web development, landscaping and cleaning, preparing gift bags for new mothers and leading sports clinics for Cleveland students. And, as some of you may already have seen in Case Daily, dozens of volunteers will help paint a Hector Vega mural at the University Circle RTA Station. Vega has donated the mural, Sherwin Williams is providing paint and equipment and students from the Cleveland School of the Arts and Brush High School also will participate. Have no doubt, these activities will be as fun as they are rewarding.

This year marks the 6th Annual Case for Community Day, and over time our constituents have grown increasingly creative in encouraging involvement. Some faculty members offer extra credit or incorporate student writing about participation in their coursework. A few departments sign up for activities together, and so strengthen their connections as a team by engaging in an entirely different kind of work than they do every day.

I had the pleasure of volunteering at my first Case for Community Day last September, and look forward to taking part again later this month. The day's activities will conclude with a "Thank You Bar-B-Que" at the Kelvin Smith Oval complete with live jazz and reggae music performed by Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and the Footprints and the Carlos Jones Reggae Plus Band. I hope to see you there after a great afternoon of service.


Barbara R. Snyder