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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!

Community Day Trash Pickup Friends

Community Day 

  • October 2nd
  • 8:00am – 2:00 pm 
  • Classes are cancelled until 4:00 pm. 

Save the date!

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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 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


Check out the list of sites from 2018!

  • 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.
  • American Civil Liberties Union Interactive Presentation: Participants will explore ways they can engage in their community through the voting process.  ACLU will be sharing information on political engagement and 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 celebration 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.
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. Volunteers will be doing gardening tasks and painting lines on a playground.
  • 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.
  • Polish Center of Wisconsin: Gardening and outdoor clean up.
  • Stepping Stone Farms (therapeutic horse farm): Clear trails, clean up stalls, outdoor spring cleaning.
  • Poll Worker Training: Engage in the election process by becoming an election day poll worker.  All poll workers must be residents of Milwaukee County and be qualified to register to vote
  • Urban Ecology Centers (Menomonee Valley & 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.


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.