Yale Day of Service

2017 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

Once again, we had great fun giving back as part of the Ninth Annual Yale Day of Service. The Day was a terrific success in Minnesota and around the world. There were over 3000 participants worldwide this year. 43 people signed up to serve at the 5 MN sites – Feed My Starving Children, Open Arms, Wingspan Residential Homes, People Serving People and Cedar Lake Park. They spent several hours on May 13th packing food for hungry children in over 70 countries, decorating bags that hold a week’s worth of meals for the seriously ill, cleaning up and making the yard hospitable for a home of developmentally disabled adults, 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 repeatedly from participants that they had good fun and felt it was a rewarding way to spend a Saturday morning. It is always enjoyable too, to catch up with old friends and meet new people with ties to New Haven.

Hosting for a 7th 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 20 people took advantage of this opportunity, dining on a variety of delicious food (lots of 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. Thank you Nick and Lori!

The five sites were truly appreciative of the work performed. The YAANW has forged solid relationships with these five sites over the years. Cedar Lake Park has even 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. One YAANW group has had a monthly volunteer group at the PSP Shelter for a couple years now and invites anyone to participate either as regularly or infrequently as one’s schedule allows. The dates are provided on the monthly YAANW newsletter.

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

Who knew giving back could be so much fun!! The Eighth Annual Yale Day of Service was a wonderful success in Minnesota and around the world. There were over 240 sites participating this year worldwide with ours being four of them. 47 people serving at the 4 sites – Feed My Starving Children, Open Arms, Wingspan Residential Homes, and Cedar Lake Park – spent several hours on May 9th packing food for hungry children in over 70 countries, transporting meals to the seriously ill, cleaning up and making the yard hospitable for a home of developmentally disabled adults, 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. The overwhelming sentiment was that it was a productive, rewarding and fun way to spend a few hours. In addition, it was great fun to catch up with old friends and meet new people with ties to New Haven.

After the site work, about 15 people gathered for a potluck lunch at the home of YAANW board member, Nick Johnson. It was a lovely setting with a true variety of delicious food, a time to chat and compare notes on the work performed in the morning and another opportunity to catch up and meet alums and friends in a more informal venue. Also great fun!

The four sites were very pleased with and grateful for the work performed. The YAANW has forged solid relationships with several of the sites over the years. Some people participating in the DOS continue to help out at the sites on an ongoing basis throughout the year. One YAANW group has had a monthly volunteer group at the PSP Shelter for a couple years now and invites anyone to participate either as regularly or infrequently as one’s schedule allows. The dates are provided on the monthly YAANW newsletter.

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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We are looking forward to the Yale Day of Service for next year already.

2015 Yale Day of Service in Minnesota

We are giving back and having fun!! The Seventh Annual Yale Day of Service was a wonderful success in Minnesota and around the world. There were over 240 sites participating this year worldwide with ours being six of them. 60 people serving at the 6 sites – Feed My Starving Children, People Serving People Shelter, Open Arms Delivery, Open Arms Urban Farm, Wingspan Residential Homes, and Cedar Lake Park – spent several hours on May 9th packing food for hungry children around the world, cleaning and providing maintenance to a multifaceted shelter for the homeless, transporting meals to the seriously ill, gardening to grow fruit and vegetables to include in the food delivered to those ill persons, painting and making several rooms more attractive in a home of developmentally disabled adults, and pulling out invasive plants and planting sumac trees to improve a park for use by all who travel through it, respectively. The overwhelming sentiment was that it was a productive, rewarding and fun way to spend a few hours. In addition, it was great fun to catch up with old friends and meet new people with ties to New Haven.

After the site work, about 30 people gathered for a potluck lunch at the home of YAANW board member, Nick Johnson. It was a lovely setting with a true variety of delicious food, a time to chat and compare notes on the work performed in the morning and another opportunity to catch up and meet alums and friends in a more informal venue. Also great fun!

The six sites were very pleased with and grateful for the work performed. The YAANW has forged solid relationships with several of the sites over the years. This year, we included a second site with Open Arms. We have delivered meals for them over the years, but this year helped out at their urban farm in St. Paul as well. The urban farm is a relatively new addition to Open Arms. Some people participating in the DOS continue to help out at the sites on an ongoing basis throughout the year. One YAANW group has had a monthly volunteer group at the PSP Shelter for a couple years now and invites anyone to participate either as regularly or infrequently as one’s schedule allows. The dates are provided on the monthly YAANW newsletter.

We are looking forward to the Yale Day of Service for next year already.

Mark it on your calendar (May 7, 2016) and come join us for another great day!

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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