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Save the date for Community Day!

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

Each fall semester Alverno cancels classes from 8am until 4pm for Community Day so students, faculty, and staff can participate in a day of volunteer service.

Community Day is a wonderful way to develop and practice the Alverno abilities while meeting people and having fun. The majority of service sites for Community Day take place off campus; however, there are always a few on-campus opportunities for folks that need to stick close to campus.  The Planning Committee arranges all of the service projects as well as the transportation to and from the sites.  All participants need to do is register for a site, show up on Oct. 2, and volunteer in the community!

Salvation Army volunteers

Community Day 

  • October 2nd
  • 8:00am – 2:00 pm 
  • Classes are cancelled until 4:00 pm. 
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Contact or 414-382-6118

Whether this is your first time or your twelfth time participating in Community Day, this is an experience that won’t disappoint in making you feel good about giving back and helping others.

Carrying Fence
Three students
Community Day logo
Group photo
Students hold I Love Community Day signs

“Community Day brings home the idea that what we do academically relates to a wider world. Even if I don't specifically use my skills as a student of history when I help to clean up a building in the neighborhood, the fact that I can make a difference as a citizen in society will have an effect on how I approach the study of society as a historian.”

– Community Day Participant

Schedule of the Day - Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Opening Ceremony
Group Photo
Bus Dismissal
Depart Sites & Return to Alverno
Lunch & Closing Ceremony

La Verna Commons Lobby
La Verna Commons
La Verna Commons
La Verna Commons

* The Closing Ceremony will end at approximately 2:00pm. Please plan on staying until the end of the event so you don't miss out on the closing video featuring pictures from all of the sites and volunteers!


Contact or 414-382-6317 

Art Community Day

2019 Sites

  • 16th Street Community Health Center: Learn about the organization's services and leave by bike to ride along the trail in Jackson Park doing a stream clean-up.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own bike and helmet.  Please email as soon as possible if you need a bike and helmet provided (limited bikes available).
  • Adopt-a-Beach: Help with litter removal along South Shore Beach. Dress for cool and windy weather.
  • Alverno Rain Garden: Clean out flowerbeds. 
  • Blanket Making: Create no-sew fleece blankets (volunteers must purchase and bring 4 yeards of fleece and scissors).
  • Clement Manor: Run bingo and play brain stretch games with seniors.
  • Empty Bowls: make ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Project.
  • From Syria to Germany: The path to refugee status: an interactive simulation exercise teaching about the refugee experience.
  • Habitat for Humanity Re-Store: Cleaning, painting, organizing
  • Hunger Task Force Farm: Harvesting, weeding, crop maintenance
  • Know Your Rights: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will lead a discussion about civil rights and getting involved in the community
  • MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary: Cleaning, painting, organizing
  • My Good Mourning Place: Bereavement center coordinated by the School Sisters of St. Francis.  Cleaning, painting, organizing (will walk from Alverno)
  • Operation Chemo Comfort: knitting/crocheting hats for cancer patients (bring your own needles, yarn provided)
  • Pearls for Teen Girls: Make centerpieces and decorations for annual holiday event
  • Polish Center of Wisconsin: Clean up grounds and gardens
  • Restorative Justice: Learn about restorative justice and the circle keeping process from Alliance High School students and Alverno Alum, Heather Sattler
Student engaged during Community Day
  • Revitalize Milwaukee: Outdoor residential landscaping and indoor painting
  • United Methodist Children's Services: UMCS serves families and children in need in the Washington Park neighborhood.  Projects may include organizing clothing and food donations, painting, or organizing a storage space at UMCS's facility.
  • Urban Ecology Centers: Pull weeds, landscape, preserve natural habitats at the Menomonee Valley and Washington Park locations.



Why should I participate? 
Because being an effective citizen is your way to give back to the community. Plus you’ll meet new people, learn something about the community, feel good about doing something for others, it’s fun, and you get a FREE t-shirt and lunch! 

Is there a cost to participate?
Nope. Community Day is completely FREE to participants, so sign up! However, there are expenses that go into putting on this event so please make sure you attend! 

What if my entire class or a large group of my friends want to go to the same session?
Perfect! The majority of off-campus sites can accomodate large numbers. Please encourage all of your group members or friends to sign up early and the chances are good you'll all go to the same place.


How do I get to the session?
Transportation is provided for all off-campus sites. Participants are required to take Alverno's transportation to and from the site location.

Can I arrive to a session early or leave a session early?
No. In order to fully engage in the experience, we recommend you stay the entire time.

Can I bring my child and/or non-Alverno student?
No, Community Day is open to current Alverno students, faculty, staff, and alumnae only.

What should I wear?
Casual attire is recommended. Participants will receive an awesome t-shirt in the morning that can be worn throughout the day. Depending on the site you're going to, it may be recommended to wear boots, long sleeves, and/or gloves.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
Don’t be a no-show! The sites Alverno is partnering with count on volunteers to show up; we don't want to leave them in a bind! If you need to cancel, follow the same link used to register and click “cancel registration”. It is VERY important you cancel in advance if possible.

Why isn't the Wisconsin Humane Society a site?
We are often asked to add the WI Humane Society as a site.  While we would love to do this, they have an extensive volunteer training program that does not fit with our one-day volunteering schedule.  We encourage all interested individuals to contact the Humane Society on their own and ask about how they can become a trained volunteer.