Publication Date
Toll Day

More than 400 students will help spruce up the city and surrounding area throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 29, for the 24th annual John Calvin Toll Day.

Volunteers will clean up parks, public spaces and provide other help as needed. Activities will take place at various times between 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Among the sites or organizations receiving assistance:

  • Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Boulevard Appreciation Neighborhood Association
  • Campus Kitchens
  • Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services
  • City Mission of Schenectady 
  • COCOA House 869 Stanley St.
  • Glenville Oktoberfest 
  • Harmony Fellowship
  • Kelly Adirondack Center (St. David’s Lane, Niskayuna)
  • miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) 
  • Octopus Garden (Union campus)
  • Patroon Land Farm (132 Ketcham Road, Voorheesville)
  • Regional Food Bank
  • Schenectady ARC
  • Schenectady Day Nursery
  • Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (Plotter Kill cleanup) 
  • Vale Cemetery 
  • Vale Urban Farm 

Coordinated by Union’s Kenney Community Center, Toll Day strengthens Union’s commitment to the city 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.