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Students, alumnae to volunteer time on Citizen Katie Day

Students volunteer their service to community organizations as part of Citizen Katie Day, on Oct. 14, 2011.
Students volunteer their service to community organizations as part of Citizen Katie Day, on Oct. 14, 2011.
Photo by Hilary Stein '14.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, multitudes of students and alumnae from St. Catherine University, along with faculty and staff, will take to the streets to volunteer time in the service of their communities.

Known as Citizen Katie Day, the annual event gives students an opportunity to volunteer their time and talents en masse to a variety of organizations in the Twin Cities metro area. In 2012, the initiative will take on a national scope, as the St. Catherine University Alumnae Relations Office is inviting Katies across the U.S. to participate in the day of service in their own communities. 

Service activities from the past have included cleaning up debris along the Mississippi River, working to beautify the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood — the home of St. Catherine University’s Minneapolis campus — and removing the invasive species of Buckthorn, to name a few.

In 2012, the projects will range from service work at the Dorothy Day Center, Second Harvest Heartland and Habitat for Humanity, to cleaning the grounds at CommonBond in St. Paul, Bluff Street Park in Minneapolis, Bridging in Bloomington and Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.  

Last year, more than 100 students from St. Catherine University participated in Citizen Katie Day and 2012 participation is expected to be even greater.

Citizen Katie Day will kick off at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Coeur de Catherine student center on the University's St. Paul campus. Immediately following the kick-off, the participants will be dispatched to volunteer sites throughout the Twin Cities metro, and beyond.

The event is being sponsored by the Office of Alumnae Relations, Student Center and Activities, Residence Life and Community Work and Learning at St. Catherine University. For more information about the event, visit the Alumnae Relations website.

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Oct. 8, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Alumnae/i, Catholic Identity, Leadership, Social Justice, Students