UC Serves dispatches 100 faculty and staff into neighborhoods to 'walk the walk'

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati faculty and staff are getting into the act of volunteering to help surrounding neighborhoods in a new initiative that complements existing student volunteer days.

More than 100 volunteers are scheduled Friday to repair homes for veterans and disabled residents, plant trees, helps nonprofits with clerical work and a host of other activities in neighborhoods surrounding the main campus and the Blue Ash and Clermont branches.

The volunteer canvas, called UC Serves, is a new initiative spearheaded by Emerging Leaders in Student Affairs and the Center for Community Engagement.

In various documents, including UC 2019, the university aspires engage with the community and work to improve conditions for residents. The canvass was born from that call to action.

"It is important that staff and faculty walk the walk and are role models for our students," said Michela Buccini, UC Serves co-chair. "We believe at UC that it is important that we show our community that we care and to be authentic to this commitment."

Organizers hope that the canvas becomes an annual event and grows. UC Serves builds on similar programs geared toward students, faculty and staff, including Into the Streets, scheduled for Sept. 13 .

"Just last week, UC graduated thousands of our students," Buccini said. "We feel that this is the perfect time for staff and faculty to give back to the community that our recent graduates will be joining."

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