NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce that this year’s Annual Fall Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The community is invited to join in this effort.

Volunteers will gather in the Venable Gym in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center at 9 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and be welcomed by MCLA President James F. Birge and North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help.

Service projects this year will include work with Habitat for Humanity and at the Hillside Cemetery. A mobile garden team also will prepare community gardens for the spring. Additional work sites may include the Berkshire Dream Center, YMCA, Mohawk Forest, Louison House, and the MCLA campus.

For more than 20 years, MCLA and local residents have come together to clean up and improve the community. The scope and type of projects have evolved over the years, with an increasing number of volunteers.

Last year, volunteer efforts by MCLA students and local residents included work with the Berkshire Dream Center to help beautify the UNO neighborhood. Volunteers helped to winterize gardens at local elementary schools, and in various neighborhoods throughout North Adams.

To sign up to participate, or more information, contact Christopher Hantman, community engagement coordinator at the MCLA Center for Service and Citizenship, , or (413) 662-5384.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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