Alumni Help Their Communities on September 17





Dallas chapter alumni assist "For the Love of the Lake" at the 2015 Global Day of Service.

RIT alumni will gather this fall for a Tiger tradition-in- the-making. Saturday, September 17, will mark the second annual Global Day of Service, and alumni around the world are invited to join in community service projects in their regions. Eight RIT Alumni Chapters have already set up projects for their alumni, with several others nearing launch.

Last year, 10 RIT Alumni Chapters created 13 projects for the inaugural Global Day of Service. The impact was felt in communities across the globe:

  • San Francisco Bay Area alumni helped the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose box 22,000 pounds of produce.
  • Rochester alumni, students, faculty, and staff provided service to three area organizations: assisting the Ronald McDonald House with their annual household sale, autumn cleanup and planting for the Mount Hope Cemetary, and supporting store cleanup and operations at the Goodwill.
  • South Florida Tigers served area residents struggling with food insecurity by serving at the CROS Ministries Caring Kitchen.
  • RIT Croatia students and alumni improved living conditions for children at the Dom Maslina.
  • Orphanage in Dubrovnik by cleaning rooms and doing landscape clean up and planting.
  • Denver/Colorado Springs alumni assisted those in developing countries by sorting and packing medical supplies that were shipped overseas.
Global Day of Service projects are both valuable to the communities and organizations supported, and offer RIT alumni an opportunity to connect while doing meaningful work. In the case of the Dallas chapter, leader Scott Saldinger said they can also help out fellow RIT alumni.

“Last year, we connected with a non-profit organization in Dallas that had an RIT alumnus on its board,” says Saldinger. “For the Love of the Lake works to preserve and enhance White Rock Lake, a landmark park and lake near the heart of Dallas. Our event was even picked up by social media for the State Fair of Texas, which helped to get the word out about this organization’s involvement in the state fair parade. It was a win for everyone involved – For The Love of The Lake, the Dallas community, and RIT alumni!”

The 2016 Global Day of Service goal is to have 20 project sites registered with a total of 250 alumni participating in service that day. To view the list of sites currently registered, or to learn how you can create an RIT Alumni Global Day of Service project, visit the 2016 Global Day of Service site.