Colorado State University's nationwide alumni day of service

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Make a difference in your community

Colorado State University alumni and friends across the country will come together to participate in one day of service to their community on Saturday, April 22. Meanwhile, current CSU students will be doing the same thing in Fort Collins. Scroll down to find a project near you!

How to Get Involved

If you're interested in leading a project or getting involved with one of our Ram Networks, read our FAQ (click to download PDF) and fill out a project form (click to download PDF).

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Find a Project

More projects will be added as details become available. Check back soon!


Care and Share – Food Bank of Southern Colorado

Location: 2605 Preamble Point
Time: 9– 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Mary Harrington, maryaharrington@comcast.net

CSU alumni volunteers will have the opportunity to work in two different groups. The first group will be working in the freezer to help sort, inspect, label, and package frozen meat donations for distribution. Volunteers must be 16 years or older to work in this area. The second group of volunteers will be working in the warehouse sorting, inspecting for date expiration, and packaging for distribution to agencies. Volunteers must be 6 years of age or older to work in this area and families are welcome!

Register online


Denver Botanic Gardens

Location: 909 York Street, Denver
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Contact: Zeke Lynch, 303-478-0962, zekelynch@msn.com 

CSU alumni volunteers will help the Denver Botanic Gardens get ready for spring! Specific project details to be determined. Bring gloves!

Cancelled due to weather

*If you already registered, look for an email from project organizer, Zeke Lynch, with other volunteer options.


Food Bank of the Rockies

Location: 10700 East 45th Avenue
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Contact: Neil Cowan, 720-635-8344, rneilcowan@gmail.com

Volunteers will be doing either Distribution or Reclamation for The Food Bank of the Rockies. Distribution will include pulling and building orders from warehouse inventory for member agencies. Reclamation will include inspecting, cleaning, sorting, and boxing items received through food drives and grocery rescue before they are distributed to clients via member agencies. The Food Bank of the Rockies is located between Embassy Suites and Denver Mattress. Volunteer parking and entrance is located at the south end of our the building, facing I-70.

Register online


Highline Academy

Location: 2170 South Dahlia St
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Contact: Lisa LaMunyon, 720-934-2827, llamunyon@aol.com

Volunteers will be helping make the Highline Academy campus a beautiful place for children to learn and play! This will be done through weeding, trash pickup, bush/tree trimming, spreading mulch, planting, and much more. Breakfast treats will be provided.

Cancelled due to weather

If you already registered, look for an email from project organizer, Lisa Lamunyon, with other volunteer options.


WOLF Sanctuary

Location: 1939 Spring Valley Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512 (Meeting location will differ)
Time: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Contact: Colleen Timothy, colleen.timothy@colostate.edu

CSU alumni volunteers will be working at the WOLF Sanctuary doing mostly outdoor labor, on some potentially challenging hillsides in and around the enclosures. The Sanctuary has a number of ongoing activities involving fire mitigation, restoration and "spring cleaning". Sturdy footwear and work gloves are highly recommended--and plan on getting dirty! Volunteers will meet near the CSU Alumni Center at 8:00 am and carpool 45 minutes to the Sanctuary.

Cancelled due to weather

*If you have previously registered look for an email from project organizer, Sara Colorosa.


Kansas City

Ronald McDonald House
Location: 2501 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Time: 1–3 p.m. CST
Contact: Abby Tillman, 765-714-4392, abbytillwoman@gmail.com

CSU alumni volunteers will have the opportunity to work at the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House to help organize and clean homes for families of cancer patients.

Register online


Student Conservation Association

Location: Staten Island – ferry departing from the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal
Time: 9 a.m.–2:30 pm
Contact: Aubrey Rusler, 720-231-0930, rusler35@hotmail.com  OR Ashley Frost, 719-740-0025, ashleycfrost@gmail.com

The NYC Ram Network will be partnering with the Student Conservation Association for Earth Day to help preserve historic Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Join us as we give back to NYC’s National Parks! As one of the oldest military defenses in the country, Fort Wadsworth has guarded the entrance to New York Harbor for over 300 years. Part of Gateway National Recreation Area, the site offers sweeping views of the harbor, the Manhattan skyline, and the Verrazano Bridge. Volunteers will help to restore this historic site by repairing trails, repainting park structures, and removing invasive species. Some groups will complete additional projects at nearby Great Kills Park. Free lunch and t-shirts will be provided for all volunteers! All volunteers will need to register online to complete the volunteer waiver.

*For participants taking the ferry to Staten Island, free volunteer shuttles will depart from the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal at 9:00am and will return to the ferry after the project. If you wish to take the free volunteer shuttles, please plan to take the 8:30am ferry from Manhattan.***

Register online


Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Location: 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose CA 95110
Time: 8:30–11:30 a.m. PST
Contact: Jonathan Morgan, 303-503-0357, kekoa62@yahoo.com  

The Conservancy organizes monthly river clean-up efforts in the area between Coleman Avenue and HWY 880. This is a great opportunity to meet with friends, co-workers or new friends who share an interest in maintaining the beauty of the river and protecting the natural habitat.  The award-winning 254 acre park, including 2.6 miles of trails, offers visitors an opportunity to explore nature, enjoy the many water features and playground areas, or travel the trails that meander through the park.  Volunteers can also help the City of San Jose maintain the 2.6 miles of trail from Hwy. 280 to 880. Projects could include weeding, planting, spread mulch, trimming trees, refurbish park benches, cleaning signs, etc.

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Beach Cleanup at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Meeting Location: Quarterdeck Restaurant, 300 N. Beach Road, Dania Beach, Fla.
Time: 9:45 a.m.–12 p.m.
Contact: Paul Kobak, 305-484-9264, paulkobak@gmail.com

CSU alumni volunteers will complete a beach cleanup project! Volunteers will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Quarterdeck Restaurant at 300 N. Beach Rd., Dania Beach, FL 33004, which is adjacent to the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park.  At 10:00 a.m. volunteers will walk north along the State Park beach picking up trash until noon.  Those who wish to stay at Quarterdeck after the project for lunch and/or drinks are welcome! 

Register online


Tampa Bay Estuary Program – Give a Day at the Bay!

Location: Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Fla.
Time: 8:30 am–1:30 pm
Contact: Rick Malinowski, 509-630-4589, malinowski2@hotmail.com

“Give a day for the bay” is a volunteer program sponsored by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program to directly involve citizens in restoring Tampa Bay. Removal of invasive plants is a primary focus of volunteer workdays, along with native plant installation, to help restore important coastal  and upland habitats throughout the bay watershed. Volunteers of all ages work hard and are rewarded with lunch and the knowledge that they have played a part in helping to preserve the diversity and integrity of the bay’s natural ecosystems.

Register online


Washington, D.C.

Kingman Island Cleanup
Meeting Location: RFK Stadium Parking Lot 6 - 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE, Washington D.C.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Contact: Rob Rayburn, rayburn1916@gmail.com, 202-488-0627

Join REI and Living Classrooms on April 16th, two weeks before Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival for an cleanup of the island. Living Classrooms provides wilderness experiences for DC area public schools as well as employment training and workforce development for youth and young adults. Many of these activities take place on Kingman Island. Join the DC Ram Network, REI, WABA,  and Living Classrooms to help clean up the island ahead of the summer season! WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) will be leading a bike ride following the cleanup.

Your registration here will be used to complete the official REI event registration, entering you to win free festival entry to the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival on April 30th.  Free festival entry is available for the first 300 people to register and attend the cleanup, courtesy of REI! Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is DC's premier outdoor bluegrass festival! A day of great music, food, and outdoor fun - all on an island in the heart of DC's Anacostia River.

Register online