Hundreds of students to help beautify Schenectady Saturday

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Nearly 500 members of the Union community, including Greek organizations and student clubs, will help spruce up the city and surrounding area from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, for the 20th annual John Calvin Toll Day.

Volunteers will clean up parks, monuments and other public spaces, and provide other help as needed.

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

Among the sites or organizations receiving assistance:

Campus Kitchen
Catholic Charities
City Mission
County Business Center
Eastern Avenue Neighborhood Association
First United Methodist Church
GE Realty Plot Neighborhood Association
Habitat for Humanity
Hamilton Hill Arts Center
Harmony Fellowship Church
Heritage Home for Women
Home Furnishings
Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association
Park Cemetery
Salvation Army
Schenectady ARC
Schenectady Inner City Ministries
Schenectady Public Library
Things of My Very Own, Inc.
Vale Cemetery
Vale Park
Vale Urban Farm
Woodlawn Park
Yates Village

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.