September 26, 2008
14th Annual WebsterWorksWorldwide Community Service Day takes Webster University into Communities Around the World
In Past 13 Years 16,000 Volunteers have Donated 70,000 Hours of Service
WebsterWorksWorldwide, an annual university-wide community service day, will be held on Wednesday, October 1. Faculty, staff, students and alumni from Webster’s campuses in the U.S., Europe and Asia, will participate in volunteer work to help their respective communities through assistance to non-profit organizations and families in need. The first WebsterWorksWorldwide community service day was initiated by Webster University in 1995.
Webster University’s world headquarters campus in St. Louis has more than 1,000 volunteers ready to:
Converse/interact with patients
Maintain and clean-up outdoor trails
Perform data entry
Walk, bathe and groom dogs
Sort and hang clothing
Design an interior office space
Webster University President Neil J. George, who will be painting a playhouse for children at a Head Start program location in St. Louis, enthusiastically supports the worldwide project. “It’s really an amazing contribution from our students, faculty and staff members to the communities throughout the world where Webster University campuses are located,” said George. “We are reminded on this special day how Webster University is making a global difference. Year after year, we roll up our sleeves and help people and organizations in need. On October 1, the world is our classroom. ”
Students, faculty, staff and alumni from Webster’s network of more than 100 campuses in 10 countries will be participating. In Denver, a group going to the Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) warehouse will pack boxes with medical supplies that will be shipped to impoverished nations.
In Greenville, S.C., Websterites will work with TreesGreenville to plant trees in designated areas throughout the metro area to promote the understanding of the link between the beauty of the land and Greenville’s future.
At Webster’s campus in Vienna, Austria volunteers will be visiting children at an orphanage and taking them to the local zoo for a tour and picnic.