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MORE THAN 700 HELPING THE LOCAL AREA IN ODU'S COMMUNITY CARE DAY TODAY

The importance of giving back to the community will be the emphasis during Old Dominion University's fifth annual Community Care Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

"More than 750 student, faculty and staff members volunteered in the community during our event last year," said Cecelia Tucker, director of community relations at ODU, who is hoping for an even larger turnout this year.

The project will focus on outreach, with students, faculty and staff volunteering their time and service at several locations in the Norfolk community. "The day gives people an opportunity to show that they care," Tucker said.

Volunteers will be involved in a variety of projects, including picking up trash in the Larchmont, Edgewater, Lambert's Point and Highland Park neighborhoods near the campus, as well as helping clean up along the Elizabeth and Lafayette rivers.

Additionally, ODU volunteers will read to children at James Monroe Elementary; clean a resident's home for Hope House; and play games with children at the Hunton YMCA.

As a prelude Community Care Day, the university will sponsor a food drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia on Oct. 1.

To volunteer or for more information, visit the Community Care Day Web site at http://www.odu.edu/ccd or call Tucker at 683-3159.

The following organizations and institutions are in need of volunteers this year:

Adopt-A-Stream (Elizabeth River)
Adopt-A-Stream (Lafayette River)
American Diabetes Association
Blessed Sacrament Church/Campus Catholic Ministries
Colonial Place Civic League
Dwelling Place
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula
ForKids Inc.
Hope House Foundation
International Black Women's Congress
James Monroe Elementary
Larchmont Elementary
Larchmont Library
Life in the State of Poverty
Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan
Madison Career Center
Meadowbrook School
Norfolk Senior Center
Park Place Center
Peninsula Higher Education Center
Salvation Army
Southside Boys & Girls Club
Storm Drain Stenciling Program
Suited for Success
Union Mission
Village Pointe Apartments
Virginia Beach Higher Education Center (Boys & Girls Club)
Virginia Social Ventures
YWCA

This article was posted on: September 6, 2007

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