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 VOL. 23, NO. 19APRIL 3, 1998 

1,000 Volunteers Are Signed Up for Community Service Week

All Are Encouraged to Attend Service Day on Sat., Apr. 3

Nearly 1,000 volunteers have signed up and many more are welcome as Community Service Week ends with a Service Day finale on Sat., Apr. 3.

  On Saturday, the hundreds of participants will be transported from campus to more than 30 sites in the neighborhood and around the city to help clean up, spruce up and lend a hand. A barbecue will reward the volunteers at the end of the day.

  Everyone—students and community residents alike— is encouraged to participate. Preregistration is not necessary.

  “Just stop by on College Walk between 8:00 and 10:00 A.M. and we’ll sign you up,” said Charles Leykum, CC‘99, who along with his classmate Allan Ng, has organized the week’s events through their student-run organization, Columbia Community Outreach.

  Among the sites and projects where volunteers will work Saturday afternoon are: Habitat for Humanity. Corpus Christi School, Queens Church, Ryer Ave. Housing Development Fund Corp., Harlem United, Inwood Park cleanup, Morningside Park cleanup, Services for the Underserved and West Harlem Transitional Services.

  Service Day will begin with kick-off ceremonies on College Walk at 10:00 A.M. Among those scheduled to speak is Public Advocate Mark Green. Volunteers will be transported to their sites before noon and return to Columbia by 5:00 P.M., where the barbecue and live entertainment await them.

  Other events this week include discussions and activities designed to heighten awareness of community needs and to educate students about outreach opportunities.

  Columbia Community Outreach has already raised about $15,000, which will be given to Community Impact and Double Discovery Center. Among the sponsors are: Starbucks, Tropicana, Columbia University Bookstore, Emigrant Savings Bank, Time-Warner, Salomon Smith Barney, Dunkin’ Donuts, various local merchants and alumni.

  The Community Outreach events scheduled for this week include: discussions on literacy (Apr. 1, noon, John Jay Lounge) and low-income housing in New York (Apr. 1, 8:00 P.M., John Jay Lounge); a Career Services panel on not-for-profit career opportunities (Apr. 2, 6:00 P.M., Furnald Lounge) and a Career Fair for not-for-profit organizations (Apr. 3, 1:00–4:00 P.M., Low Rotunda).

  For more information, call the Outreach office at 854-1304.