Service Day

All freshmen in College Park Scholars begin their college experience by completing a day of community service near campus, a Scholars tradition that is more than 20 years old. You will bond with your new classmates and faculty and staff in your Scholars program while making a difference in nearby communities.

Service Day is Friday, August 26, 2016.

Service Day Meals

Pick up your breakfast and lunch on the morning of Service Day before you meet your group. 

  • If you are a student living in a residence hall, you will pick up a breakfast and boxed lunch at the North Campus Diner, unless you pre-ordered a kosher meal. 
  • If you are a commuter or you ordered a kosher meal, you will pick up a breakfast and boxed lunch outside of Cumberland Hall, at the check-in tables on the Cambridge Community quad.

General Things to Bring (Check site-specific details below) 

  • Wear your Scholars t-shirt (which you will get at Convocation) and clothes that can get dirty
  • Water in reusable water bottle 
  • Closed-toe shoes are mandatory (no sandals, flip flops, high heels, or crocs)
  • No sleeveless shirts, tank tops, or shirts that expose midriff
  • Allergy or other medications, if appropriate
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant, if your site is outdoors
  • Backpack to keep lunch and water (recommended)

Program Sites and Details 

World Arts Focus and Joe's Movement Emporium

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. in front of Bel Air Hall

Joe's Movement Emporium is the community performing arts center of World Arts Focus, a 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization whose mission is to promote participation and practice in dance, movement, and performing arts traditions from around the world, using the arts as a tool for revitalizing community. Scholars will be divided into groups to tackle a variety of projects. Some students will be assisting with the clean up, decoration and organization of the Arts Education Center in preparation for Club Joe's, an after school arts program for children. Other projects may include some landscape revitalization and beautification work around the facility grounds.

Paint Branch Elementary School

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. in front of Bel Air Hall

Paint Branch Elementary School is located in the Lakeland Community near campus and is part of the Prince George's County Public School System (www.pgcps.org). The Lakeland Community is an economically diverse community of approximately 400 households within the City of College Park. It is considered to be one of the oldest African-American communities in Prince George's County.

Arts Scholars will participate in a variety of projects under the guidance of the Paint Branch Elementary staff. These projects will likely include the creation of painted murals or enhancements to existing artwork throughout the school facility.

Learn more here: http://www1.pgcps.org/paintbranch/

Thomas Stone Elementary School

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. in front of Bel Air Hall

Thomas Stone Elementary, located in Mt. Ranier, MD is 4 miles from downtown Washington D.C. and serves as the gateway community for Prince George's County along the Historic Route 1 corridor.  A vibrant and pedestrian friendly community of 8000 residents, Mt. Ranier is home to local businesses and a thriving arts and culture center as part of the Gateway Arts District.

Arts Scholars will participate in a variety of projects under the guidance of the Thomas Stone Elementary staff. These projects will likely include efforts to beautify the school grounds and facilities to enhance the learning environment for its students.

Learn more here: http://www1.pgcps.org/thomasstone/

A Wider Circle

Meeting time and location: 10:00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, Room 1100

The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to end poverty for one individual and one family after another. We work in partnership with those we serve and with those seeking to help to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. Volunteers may sort and fold clothing, household items and furniture, children’s school supplies, toys; file books, clean items (if needed); accept donations as they arrive, etc. There are many separate areas of the facility and volunteers can work in small groups in the area of their choosing, or agree to be assigned to an area.

Learn more here: http://awidercircle.org/

Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. in front of Chestertown Hall

Additional items to bring:

  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Shorts or pants are appropriate
  • Bandana or small towel (recommended)

This 202-acre area known as the Upper Marlboro facility is located in Prince George's County. This facility focuses on the development of alternative crops to replace the declining tobacco crop in Maryland. We will work with researchers on site to help them with ongoing research projects. Each group will get more details about their specific projects on Service Day.

Learn more here: https://agresearch.umd.edu/cmrec/upper-marlboro-facility

Clagett Farm

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. in front of Chestertown Hall

Additional items to bring:  

  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Shorts or pants are appropriate
  • Bandana or small towel (recommended)

Our ultimate goal is to use farming methods that are truly sustainable—both economically and environmentally. We serve as a demonstration that sustainable agriculture methods can work and maintain an economically viable working farm and as an outdoor classroom to educate the public about our mission. We will work with farm staff to assist them with ongoing projects on site. Each group will get more details about their specific projects on Service Day.

Learn more here: http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/offices-operations/clagett-farm

University Park Elementary School

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. front steps of School of Public Health

Additional things to bring:

  • This site includes painting. Bring another t-shirt if you don't want your Scholars shirt to get paint on it. 

University Park Elementary School is a public school in Prince George’s County located near the UMD College Park campus.Scholars will assist with a variety of tasks including beautification of the school with paints and gardening, and leading youngsters in a public health hygiene demonstration. Scholars will gain education and understanding about school and the surrounding community.

Lake Artemesia

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. front steps of School of Public Health

Additional things to bring:

  • Long pants are preferred over shorts 
  • A long-sleeved shirt 
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellant 
  • This site includes painting. Bring another t-shirt if you don't want your Scholars shirt to get paint on it. 

The Lake Artemesia Natural Area is the result of a collaborative partnership between the developers of the Washington Metro rail line and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in the late 1980s. This park includes a 38-acre lake, aquatic garden, good fishing, and miles of hiker/biker trails. In exchange for soil taken from the area to use for the rail line construction, builders developed a natural recreation area. Scholars will assist with staining benches in the park, and beautifying the area surrounding the lake while learning more about Lake Artemesia, its history and significance in the community.

Hyattsville Elementary School

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. front steps of School of Public Health

Additional things to bring:

  • This site includes painting. Bring another t-shirt if you don't want your Scholars shirt to get paint on it. 

Hyattsville Elementary School is a public school in Prince George’s County located near the UMD College Park campus. GPH Scholars have previously worked with Hyattsville Elementary School during Service Day and also assisting with the Madieu Williams Foundation which meets there. Scholars will assist with beautification of the school with paints and gardening, and lead students in a public health hygiene demonstration for youngsters. Scholars will gain education and understanding about school within the context of the City of Hyattsville.

Labor of Love Human Service Center

Meeting time and location: 9.00 a.m. front steps of School of Public Health

Additinal things to bring:

  • This site includes painting. Bring another t-shirt if you don't want your Scholars shirt to get paint on it. 
  • Students are encouraged to contribute a canned or non-perishable food item.

Community Outreach and Development CDC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 1998 to develop and implement programs to empower individuals and families. Their goal is to develop facilities which better the quality of life for the community. The development includes office space, retail space, learning center, and in the future, mixed-use housing. The center provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and linkages to other needed services. Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/communityoutreachcdc. Students will assist with an assortment of needs to help maintain this flourishing comprehensive services center while working alongside local community members. Scholars will help improve the outside of the facility by planting and weeding and work inside to organize the food pantry and clothing closet areas.

 

Patuxent River Park

Meeting time and location: 8:00 a.m. at the main entrance to Eppley Recreation Center

Additional items to bring:

  • Water
  • Insect Repellent

Since the 1960s, Patuxent River has been declared a valuable natural resource and designated as one of Maryland’s most scenic rivers. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission preserves and protects this very unique natural and historical resource while providing recreational activities for the public.Students will be separated into large groups for a variety of cleanup and volunteer projects in the park.

Learn more here: http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Patuxent_River_Park.htm

 

D.C. Central Kitchen

Meeting time and location: 7:30 AM in Cambridge Community Center, Room 1111

Additional items to bring: 

  • Do not wear loose jewelry such as watches, bracelets, dangling earrings, and rings
  • *Shoes with high-grip soles are strongly recommended

DC Central Kitchen is America's leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise. Students will take part in food preparation to help feed those served by DC Central Kitchen. Learn more here: http://dccentralkitchen.org/

Interfaith Works Clothing Center

Meeting time and location: 7:30 AM in the Cambridge Community Center, Room 1100

The Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville provides low-income families with clothing and home goods free of charge, allowing them to use more of their resources on food, rent, utilities, medicine, and other basic needs. Students will help with sorting and distributing donations as well as organizing the warehouse where patrons select donations as they need. Learn more here: www.iworksmc.org/interfaith-clothing- center/

Sarah’s House

Meeting time and location: 8:00 AM in the Cambridge Community Center, Room 1105

Additional items to bring:

  • Sunscreen (optional)

Sarah's House is a supportive housing program offering emergency and transitional housing with an array of other services for homeless families in Anne Arundel County. Students will take part in a variety of tasks to help maintain the grounds and aid those who are served by Sarah’s House. Learn more here: http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/sarahs- house/

Woodlawn Cemetery Perpetual Care Association

Meeting time and location: 7:30 AM in the Cambridge Community Center, Room 1115

Additional items to bring:

  • Sunscreen 

The Woodlawn Cemetary Perpectual Care Association helps restore and reinvigorate the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Students will help clear brush and other debris from the cemetery to improve the site.

 

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Meeting time and location: 8:30 a.m. at LaPlata Beach

Bladensburg was established in 1742 and served as a vibrant commercial port for 50+ years. Due to flooding in some areas and shallow waters in others, the port declined until a major transformation by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in the mid-1990’s. You will now find a picturesque park in the urban setting including a paved riverside walk, picnic pavilion, public fishing pier, free boat ramp, free pontoon boat tours, community boat storage, and canoe, kayak, paddleboat and rowboat rentals. 

Our Life Sciences team will be busy helping with a variety of outdoor activities on both land and water. The scope of our service will include but not be limited to invasive species removal and trash pick-up in the park and while canoeing the Anacostia River. Our goal is to help protect the natural habitat in the park area while helping sustain a safe and clean environment for the many park visitors. 

Learn more here: http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Bladensburg_Waterfront_Park.htm

Food and Friends

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, room 1205

Food & Friends fosters a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutritional counseling. Food & Friends provides approximately 3,000 meals per day. Scholars will be preparing and packing meals for distribution to Food & Friends recipients. Learn more here: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7565475

So Other Might Eat (SOME)

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, room 1205

Additional things to bring:

  • A hat/hairnet is required for any volunteer handling food. Baseball hats may be brought from home or a hairnet will be provided.  

So Others Might Eat (SOME) has served Washington, DC for over 40 years, working to feed and clothe DC’s homeless and poor, treat ill, homeless people at our medical, dental and mental health programs, train people for jobs and house homeless families and single adults.  Over the years, SOME has helped thousands of people get off the streets, transform their lives, and live independently. Volunteers will help serve lunch in the main Dining Room. Also a small group will be working to sort out donations of clothing etc. Learn more at: http://some.org/

Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, room 1205

Wilkins Avenue Women’s Assessment Center is a 65-bed emergency shelter serving approximately 300 women per year. Case managers work with women to facilitate recovery and stability, as well as connect them with housing, medical, mental health, and social services. Scholars will help with a project to help clean, organize, paint or work with residents etc. at the facility. Learn more here: http://www.iworksmc.org/wilkins-avenue-womens-assessment-center/

Community Vision

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, room 1205

Community Vision is s a day program and outreach program for adults experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County. Community Vision provides access to basic needs (such as food, laundry and shower facilities), case management services and a full calendar of recreational and therapeutic groups. Scholars will help prepare and serve lunch. Learn more here: http://www.iworksmc.org/community-vision/

Carroll House

Meeting time and location: 8.00 a.m. Cambridge Community Center, room 1205

Carroll House Men’s Shelter is a 32-bed facility providing housing for about 70 homeless men each year. The program offers residents intensive case management, vocational programming, and a range of services. Scholars will help with a project to help clean, organize, paint or work with residents at the facility.Learn more here: http://www.iworksmc.org/carroll-house-mens-shelter/

 

DC Diaper Bank

Meeting time and location: 8.30 a.m outside of Cumberland Hall

DC Diaper Bank works to strengthen families by providing a reliable and adequate supply of free diapers to families in need living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At the DC Diaper Bank, students will work to create bundles of diapers and other helpful products that will be distributed to families throughout the DC metro area. Learn more here: http://www.dcdiaperbank.org

A Wider Circle

Meeting time and location: 8.30 a.m outside of Cumberland Hall

The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to end poverty for one individual and one family after another. We work in partnership with those we serve and with those seeking to help to ensure that every child and adult has the chance to succeed and the opportunity to live well. At A Wider Circle, students will will participate in our Neighbor-to- Neighbor Program, where we fully furnish the homes of families living in poverty. Learn more here: http://awidercircle.org

Leveling the Playing Field

Meeting time and location: 8.30 a.m outside of Cumberland Hall

Leveling the Playing Field gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of athletic involvement. Studies show that students who participate in athletics have higher grade point averages, attendance rates, standardized test scores, educational aspirations and healthier habits.

At Leveling the Playing Field, students will work to help sort and inventory donations of athletic equipment in the warehouse and help prepare sports equipment to be distributed across the Washington, D.C. area. Learn more here: http://www.levelingtheplayingfield.org

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Meeting time and location: 8:45 a.m. in Centreville Hall, North Lobby

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens makes up some 700 acres in northeast Washington, D.C. near the Maryland boundary along the tidal Anacostia River and includes the Gardens and Kenilworth Marsh. Begun in the 1880s and incorporated into the National Park system in 1938, the gardens are the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants.

Scholars typically assist in outdoor habitat maintenance, thin out over-crowded water lilies and lotuses, and the control of invasive weeds in the aquatic gardens. Because most work involves wading in the ponds, the site provides chest-waders and boots.

Learn more here:  https://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm

Additional items to bring for all SDU sites: 

  • Long pants are preferred over shorts
  • Baseball cap (recommended)
  • Sunscreen (we'll bring extra if you forget)
  • Insect repellent (we'll bring extra if you forget)
  • A long sleeve shirt is recommended for all sites; may be worn under or over your Scholars t-shirt

The Howard B. Owens Science Center

Meeting time and location: 8.50 a.m. Centreville Hall basement

The Howard B. Owens Science Center provides activity-based science instruction to K-12 students attending the Prince George's County PublicSchools. Science instruction taught in the regular classroom setting is enhanced through a planetarium, Challenger Learning Center, nature trail, computer labs, and classroom laboratories. The primary service project will involve maintenance and enhancement of the nature trail. Some gardening maintenance and grounds-keeping assignments such as clearing brush in the parking lot, putting up a fence, tilling, transplanting flowers, and compost bin maintenance. The purpose is to prepare outdoor instructional areas for fall programs. Learn more here: http://www1.pgcps.org/howardbowens/

University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory

Meeting time and location: 8.50 a.m. Centreville Hall basement

The goal at the University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory is to provide educational experiences for both University of Maryland students and the general public. A number of classes are taught using observatory equipment. There is an Open House program for the public on the 5th and 20th of each month and an ongoing service project with local high school students. Being over a mile from the center of campus means that upkeep of the grounds is often low on the University Plant's schedule. Scholars will be working on some basic beautification projects around the observatory, including some trash pickup, some minor painting, gardening and landscaping, as well as some organizational and sorting work. Students will assist in a general housecleaning of the facility as well as help to inventory and organize equipment.

City of Edmonston

Meeting time and location: 8.50 a.m. Centreville Hall basement

In November 2009, Edmonston, Maryland broke ground on its "Green Street" in a ceremony attended by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson. The completed project was dedicated in November 2010 with significant national attention for pioneering the combination of low impact development and complete street principles. The street features LED streetlights, a green power purchase agreement, elevated crosswalks, traffic calming bump-out rain gardens and permeable pavement bike lanes that together capture nearly 100% of storm water runoff. Students will be furthering the town's "complete street" goals by creating a rain garden in Veteran's Park by placing paving stones, clearing ground, and layering mulch and soil. Last year we also helped with yard cleanup at some homes of disabled seniors, and painted "No dumping - Drains to Chesapeake" signs on the cities storm drains.
 

Dinosaur Park

Meeting time and location: 8.50 a.m. Centreville Hall basement

The Dinosaur Park in Laurel, MD remains one of the most productive sites for early Cretaceous dinosaur and early mammal bones east of the Mississippi. The geologic layer which just happens to be at the surface in this location continues to provide a treasure trove of fossils. Unlike most PG County parks, Dinosaur Park is only open to the public twice a month (or by group reservation) and Maryland and Prince Georges County have designated this a preservation site to ensure its usefulness to current and future paleontologists! Students will be clearing weeds and brush and exposing the clay outcropping as much as possible and performing some minor landscaping. This allows rainfall to gently erode away the dirt, revealing the fossils beneath with minimal damage.

Takoma Park

Meeting time and location: 9:00 a.m. Cambridge Hall, quad side

Takoma Park environmental managers have the multipurpose mission of maintaining green space in the city in aesthetically appealing form, for recreational activities, and as viable habitats for many species of plants and animals. STS will assist environmental managers of Takoma Park’s natural areas with park clean-up activities, invasive species removal, and planting native and ornamental species. Learn more here: https://takomaparkmd.gov/government/recreation/

Community Forklift

Meeting time and location: 9:00 a.m. Cambridge Hall, quad side

Community Forklift is like a thrift store crossed with a hardware store – “we’re lifting up communities with low-cost building materials!  At our very large warehouse, you can donate new and used building materials to receive a tax deduction, or you can purchase materials at prices that are priced 40% - 80% below retail.” STS students will help with a variety of tasks both in the warehouse and outdoors in the courtyard.  Possible activities will involve measuring and pricing doors, granite, and glass shelves; mixing and testing paint; and/or sorting/organizing departments in the warehouse. Learn more here: http://communityforklift.org/

College Park Academy

Meeting time and location: Time 7:45 a.m. 1109 Cambridge Hall (Downstairs, Large Study Room).

Additional items to bring:

  • Resume and/or Activity Sheet submitted with college application

College Park Academy is a blended learning public school that serves middle and high school students in Prince George’s County who are highly motivated and seeking a rigorous and demanding instructional program. STS students will work with middle school and high school students on college preparation skills. You will share your own experiences with applying to college and what it took to get accepted at the University of Maryland. Learn more here: http://www.collegeparkacademy.com/