For the third annual Wave of Green Day of Service on April 1, Tulane faculty and staff members will concentrate efforts helping nonprofit organizations in Central City.
While the 2012 Wave of Green Day of Service helped renew City Park, this year's service day for faculty and staff members will focus on the historic Central City neighborhood. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
“This year we will beautify Central City and support organizations in this historic neighborhood that is in the midst of an exciting revitalization — most evident in the vibrant redevelopment of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard,” says Anne P. Baños chief of staff and vice president.
“As Tulanians, we consistently demonstrate our active citizenship and commitment to our community’s vitality through our work here at the university,” Baños says. “Our Day of Service has been an important addition to the university’s community engagement effort.”
A leadership team of Tulane employees is planning this large-scale event — from the Office of the President to staff members in the Tulane Center for Public Service, Workforce Management Organization and the Office of Communications and Marketing. The goal is to attract hundreds of employees to volunteer for tasks both inside and outdoors.
Work will include helping the Southern Food and Beverage Museum move into a new location on the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard cultural corridor; clearing abandoned lots and helping reduce blight with the United Saints Recovery Project; making lunches for homeless shelters with Café Reconcile; and upgrading facilities or facilitating programming at the Dryades YMCA.
“This counts as a regular paid workday for Tulane faculty and staff members,” Baños says. Employees must register online
by March 15 and supervisors must approve participation. Employees also must check in at 8 a.m. on the day of the event at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane uptown campus.
The university will provide transportation from campus to Central City, snacks and beverages at the volunteer sites, and a closing lunch at 1:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium for all participants. Each participant also will receive a custom-designed T-shirt commemorating the event.