Day of Service Offers Path to Community Engagement

Dinah Winnick is a communications manager in UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

Governor Martin O’Malley has declared September 29, 2012 an interfaith Day of Service focused on two key issues facing Maryland: hunger and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Service projects can help us gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges our communities face and connect with people who share our interests and values. These are important first steps toward establishing a deep and sustained commitment to a cause or a community, and making a broader impact.

To get started and find a service program near you, visit the Day of Service activity map. Also, check out the amazing work the UMBC community is already doing to end hunger and support environmental health. Graduate student Charlotte Keniston’s “Artistic Response to Food Waste” offers inspiration for how students, faculty and staff from all disciplines and departments can have an impact on these important issues.

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