Oct. 4, 2011
Webster University to Hold 17th Annual Webster Works Worldwide Community Service Day
What: 1,400 Webster University student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers will work on projects at 127 St. Louis-area nonprofit organizations during the 17th annual Webster Works Worldwide community service day. Outside of St. Louis, about 1,000 Webster University volunteers from 80 of the University’s campus locations and alumni chapters around the U.S. and the world also will participate in the annual day of community service.
This year, Webster Works Worldwide will top the 100,000 hours mark of volunteer time donated to community service projects since the program’s inception.
When: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Where: Various locations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Click on this link to view the entire list and contact Susan Kerth at 314-246-8232 or 314-220-9130 for additional details on specific projects. Of the 127 projects, 15 will take place at agencies located in Webster Groves.
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Background: The first WWW day was held on November 8, 1995. Teams and individual Webster students, faculty, staff and alumni identified a need in their neighborhoods. Through partnerships with local non-profit agencies, hospitals, parks, daycare centers and schools, volunteers took one day off from work and school to volunteer at various projects and help those in need. Projects ranged from light construction work to tutoring, painting, yard work, working with children or seniors, park and forest restoration, consulting, and fine arts projects.
What the volunteers and agencies learned from the experience left a lasting impression. Whether improving a playground, doing office work for a non-profit agency, raking leaves, painting a wall, delivering meals to the elderly or entertaining an appreciative audience, volunteers and service recipients alike shared an increased understanding of our interdependency - how even one day can make a difference to someone in need.
Today, Webster’s annual community service day – appropriately titled Webster Works Worldwide – has grown into a worldwide University tradition. Held every October, volunteers and agencies alike look forward to partnering on projects that really matter to the community.
Since the start of Webster Works Worldwide, more than 22,000 volunteers have given more than 98,000 hours of service. Now in its 17th year, those numbers will increase to an estimated 100,000-plus hours of service. No matter how Webster University volunteers choose to donate their time, they make a difference in their communities and help those in need. Because of every individual’s effort, Webster Works Worldwide continues to grow in impact and meaning.