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Hundreds of students to help beautify Schenectady on Saturday


Nearly 300 Union students will help spruce up the city and surrounding area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 for the 17th annual John Calvin Toll Day.

Coordinated by Union’s Kenney Community Center and a number of city organizations, Toll Day provides service learning opportunities and strengthens Union’s commitment to the city.

Volunteers will help clean up parks, monuments and a variety of other public spaces. Individual and group volunteers will meet in front of Old Chapel at 9 a.m. to receive an assignment and board buses or walk to the various sites.

Among the sites or organizations receiving assistance:

Vale Cemetery
Glendale Nursing Home
Baptist Health Nursing Home
Schaffer Heights Nursing Home
First United Methodist Church
COCOA House
Boys & Girls Club (Rotterdam)
Schenectady Museum
Harmony Fellowship Church
South Street Park
Catholic Charities
Sojourn House (SCAP)

In addition, volunteers will also assist with cleanup efforts from the recent floods in Schoharie.

John Calvin Toll Day is named for one of Union's first graduates in 1799. It has been supported each year by Al Hill ‘46 and his wife, Perrie. Toll was the great-great-grandfather of Hill, a retired attorney from Buffalo who died in 2007. The Hills created the fund to encourage Union students to undertake volunteer service.