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12:54 p.m., Sept. 26, 2012--The University of Delaware offices of Residence Life and Alumni Relations and UD regional alumni clubs joined forces with non-profit organizations across the country for the fourth annual UD Day of Service on Sept. 22.

More than 118 alumni and friends registered to give of their time and talents in 15 cities, and over 200 students volunteered on the Newark campus.

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Charitable organizations that benefited from the deeds of UD alumni and students included Cradles to Crayons in Boston; the Greater Chicago Food Depository; Delaware Seashore State Park in Dewey Beach, Del.; the Food Bank in Milford, Del.; Habitat for Humanity in Sussex County, Del.; Whatcoat Shelter in Dover, Del.; Lancaster (Pa.) General Health Blood Drive; Castle Hills Park in New Castle, Del.; Washington Heights Mobile Market in New York City; the Hoboken Shelter in northern New Jersey; the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia; Bon Secours Hospital in Richmond, Va.; and the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.

Stefanie Spatola, a 2006 UD graduate and alumni clubs coordinator, explained that with over 157,000 living alumni living worldwide, the decision to include alumni was a natural one. “We wanted to expand the program to include alumni and the charitable organizations in their respective cities,” Spatola says. “It was great to see so many Blue Hens come together to achieve a common goal in the spirit of service.”

In addition to the alumni-led service projects around the country, several service “hubs” were set up on campus in Newark, where students and alumni worked on several projects for Emmaus House; Friends of White Clay Creek; Center for Disability Studies; Girl Scouts of America; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Lori’s Hands; Newark Manor Nursing Home; Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.

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Article by Melissa G. Cox

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