Sept. 17, 2018
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 happen on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center’s Venable Gym. Volunteer service will take place throughout the community from 9:30 to 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to join in this effort as MCLA and local residents come together to clean up and improve the community. Throughout the more than two decades that this event has taken place, the scope and type of projects have evolved, as an increasing number of volunteers from both the College and North Adams have participated.

According to Christopher Hantman ’14, community engagement coordinator at the MCLA Center for Service and Citizenship, this year’s many service projects will include trail maintenance at Windsor Lake, renovating garden beds with the Growing Healthy Gardens program, deep-cleaning the UNO Community center, and cleaning up a brook on Brooklyn Street.

“Community partners vary, but often include the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, North Adams City Officials and DPW, Hoosic River Revival, Habitat for Humanity, UNO Community Center, and many more,” Hantman said.

Volunteers will meet in the Venable Gym in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center at 8:30 a.m. to register. Work will begin at about 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. and continue until 12:45 p.m. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help. After they complete their service, volunteers will return to Venable Gym for pizza and a celebration, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Please pre-register at If you would like to be a part of a team, please specify the team name and the names of any other people who will be joining you. Those who have questions or a service site they would like to host should contact Hantman at

Volunteer efforts by MCLA students and local residents last year included maintaining pocket parks in the downtown, sewing plastic bags, making renewable bedrolls for the homeless, and working in local community gardens.

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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