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Join Us for Community Day!

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

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

This is a great 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 (we'll still offer a few on-campus service opportunities as well).

For those of you who have participated in the past, you'll notice that Community Day has switched from a spring event to a fall event. This means Community Day will coincide with the Feast of St. Francis Day and Homecoming week, and hopefully a fall event will include a little nicer weather. See you in October! Email with questions.

Community Day Trash Pickup Friends

Community Day 

  • October 3rd
  • 8:00am – 2:00 pm 
  • Classes are cancelled until 4:00 pm. 
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Contact or 414-382-6317 

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.

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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 3, 2018


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 2:30pm. 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 

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Pick a Site and Register Now!

  • 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.
  • Adopt-a-Highway: Help with litter removal along Loomis Road (safety vests will be provided).
  • American Civil Liberties Union & Campus Compact Presentation: Participants will explore ways they can engage in their community through interactive sessions with Wisconsin non-profits.  ACLU will be sharing information on political engagement and Campus Compact will be discussing ways college students can impact their community. 
  • Blanket Making: Make no sew, fleece tie blankets. No experience necessary. Blankets have 2 sides and require 2 yards of fleece per side. Volunteers must bring scissors and 4 yards of fleece total for each blanket. Volunteers are asked to bring enough fleece to make 2 blankets.
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center: Caso Romero is an urban multicultural and bilingual spirituality center serving Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.  Participants will help prepare the community garden for winter.  If weather is inclement, participants will help with organizing and maintenance projects.
  • Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative: Volunteers will be conducting a housing survey in the neighborhood.  Surveyors walk on the sidewalks and fill out a survey to report the exterior housing quality; surveyors do NOT enter homes or engage with residents.
  • Clement Manor (Retirement Home): Participants will work with older adults by engaging in conversation and activities. They will also join in Clement Manor's clebration of their mission with a procession through the facility.
  • My Good Mourning Place: Bereavement center coordinated by the School Sisters of St. Francis. Participants will walk to this site, less than five blocks from Alverno's campus, and will organize the children's area and paint the room. Please dress appropriately for painting.
  • North Cape School: Participants will complete projects inside and outside of this K-8 rural school in Racine County.
Student engaged during Community Day
  • Empty Bowls:  Volunteers will learn about the history of the Empty Bowls Project, view videos of past projects, and make two ceramic bowls that will be donated to the Empty Bowls event.
  • Guest House: Sort clothing donations, help with behind the scenes office work, and painting.  Please dress for painting.
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore:  Volunteers will help organize donations, do general repairs, and paint.  Please dress for painting.
  • Hunger Task Force Farm: Raking and cleaning orchards, preparing fields/garden beds for spring and summer plantings.  Be prepared to work outside and be active.  Volunteers will be bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying.  Work boots and gloves are recommended.
  • Journey House: Empowers families on Milwaukee's near Southside to move out of poverty by offering adult education, youth development, workforce readiness, and family engagement. Specific projects will be updated as determined.
  • Operation Chemo Comfort at Froedtert Hospital: Must know how to knit or crochet. Please bring your own needles and/or hooks. Yarn is provided. Hats will be donated to Operation Chemo Comfort at Froedtert Hospital. 
  • Repairers of the Breach:  This site serves as an important refuge resource for homeless men and women.  Participants will assist with some of the day-to-day needs of the organization. 
  • Salvation Army Emergency Lodge: 120 bed facility that provides temporary shelter, meals and case management for homeless adults and families. At this site, volunteers will take a tour, hear an overview of Salvation Army Services and organize winter coats for donation.
  • St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Care (Bucyrus & Stein Centers): Work with children or adults, play games, do art projects, etc.
  • Stepping Stone Farms (theraputic horse farm): Clear trails, clean up stalls, outdoor spring cleaning.
  • Terrace St. Francis & Villa St. Francis: Cleaning and doing activities with residents, clean up outside if weather is nice.
  • Urban Ecology Centers (Riverside & Washington Park): Work outside to restore and preserve the natural habitats. This does require volunteers to be able to kneel, bend, and walk on uneven terrain.
  • The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion: The mission of this organization is to foster civil dialogue and trust in the midst of differences.  Learn more about the Center and participate in a facilitated dialogue.


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 coun 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 as we use the registration numbers to order food and transportation.