Yale Day of Service

2018 YALE DAY OF SERVICE IN MINNESOTA

The 10th annual Yale Day of Service proved to be a banner year in terms of participation! As in past years, we had wonderful fun giving back to our local community in Minnesota alongside alums doing similarly around the world. There were over 3000 participants worldwide this year. 59 people signed up to work at the 4 MN sites – Feed My Starving Children, Open Arms, People Serving People and Cedar Lake Park. They spent several hours on May 12th packing food for hungry children in over 70 countries, prepping meals and decorating the bags that hold the week full of meals for the seriously ill, cleaning a shelter for the homeless and pulling out invasive plants, opening up denser areas of foliage, and performing landscape work to improve a park for use by all who travel through it, respectively. We heard many times from participants that they had good fun and felt it was a rewarding way to spend a Saturday morning. They also expressed how enjoyable it is to catch up with old friends and meet new people with ties to New Haven.

Hosting for an 8th year, YAANW Board Treasurer, Nick Johnson, and his wife, Lori, invited participants to gather for a potluck lunch at their home after finishing their work at the various sites. About 30 people took advantage of this delightful opportunity, dining on a variety of delicious food (lots and lots of yummy desserts this year), chatting and comparing notes on the work performed in the morning, providing an opportunity to catch up and meet alums and friends in a more informal venue. Great cap to the morning. Many thanks, Nick and Lori!

The four sites were, once again, truly appreciative of the work performed. The YAANW has forged strong relationships with these four sites over the years. Cedar Lake Park has come to count on the DOS to kick off its seasonal volunteer park management efforts each spring. Some people participating in the DOS continue to help out at the sites on an ongoing basis throughout the year. PSP is one of these sites, with a YAANW group volunteering monthly at the shelter to serve lunch. They have been doing so for several years now and invite anyone to participate either as regularly or infrequently as one’s schedule allows. The dates are provided in the monthly YAANW newsletter. Enjoy pictures from the 4 sites below.

  • Cedar Lake Park Association

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  • Feed My Starving Children

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  • Open Arms Bag Decoration

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  • Open Arms Meal Preparation

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  • People Serving People

2017 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

Pictures from the 5 sites and the potluck lunch:

  • Cedar Lake Park Association

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  • Feed My Starving Children

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  • Open Arms

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  • People Serving People
  • Wingspan Residential Homes

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  • Potluck Lunch

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2016 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

Pictures from 3 of the sites:

  • Eagan: Feed My Starving Children

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  • Minneapolis: Cedar Lake Park Association

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  • Roseville: Wingspan residential homes

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2015 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

Pictures of the day are gathered below. Click on any image to enlarge it and open a slide show.






2014 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

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2013 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

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2012 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

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