Hundreds of students to volunteer throughout region as part of John Calvin Toll Day

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More than 400 students, including members of athletic teams and Greek organizations, will help spruce up the city and region Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of the 23rd annual John Calvin Toll Day.

Volunteers will clean up parks, public spaces and provide other help as needed throughout the day.

Among the sites or organizations receiving assistance:

• Autism Society Duck Derby
• Bethesda House
• Bethesda Lighthouse
• Boulevard Appreciation Neighborhood Association
• COCOA House
• Heritage Home for Women
• Habitat for Humanity
• Kelly Adirondack Center
• Maple Ridge Fall Festival
• Octopus Garden
• Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville
• Parsons Child & Family Center
• Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority - Steinmetz Homes & McGathan Homes
• Vale Cemetery
• Vale Urban Farm
• Woodlawn Preserve

Community service is central to the College’s mission. Coordinated by Union’s Kenney Community Center, Toll Day strengthens Union’s commitment to the region through these volunteer opportunities.

The College consistently is named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the local community. The honor is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

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.