Wellesley College Community Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back
During 'A Day to Make a Difference'

September 9, 2009
Molly Tarantino

WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wellesley College community will honor the institution’s motto, “Not to be served, but to serve,” as it spends the first weekend of the academic year in service during the 10th annual “A Day to Make a Difference,” Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13. 

Wellesley students boxed and stacked food at the
Greater Boston Food Bank during last year's
"A Day to Make a Difference."

The event is a worldwide celebration that offers Wellesley College students, alumnae, faculty, employees and families the chance to participate in service projects in their communities. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteer hours were contributed during the event.

Volunteers will work at 14 sites, doing everything from collecting debris on Plum Island, to harvesting and preparing produce for market at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, to helping with landscape and painting projects at Stone Zoo.

Members of Wellesley College’s class of 1981 will band together with current student leaders to save Boston’s largest forest, the 527-acre Franklin Park. Led by alumna Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, the group will clear invasive species, save trees, maintain historic ruins and restore paths.

“As a class, we value the community of our women friends and we're really excited to connect in service Wellesley students, alumnae and women of Boston to make a difference together at Franklin Park,” said Carol Savage, Wellesley class of 1981. “As we began planning the event, we also realized that it seemed fitting for Wellesley alumnae to be playing a small part in preserving the beautiful green space of (architect) Frederick Law Olmsted's Franklin Park just as we enjoy Olmsted's beautiful landscape of Wellesley College — and our class color is green!”

To see a full list of projects and learn more about “A Day to Make a Difference,” visit http://new.wellesley.edu/CWS/daysites.html

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.