Call to Action Day

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Welcome to the Classroom without Walls

Call to Action Day is Notre Dame de Namur University’s (NDNU) annual day of service on which more than 300 students, staff and faculty learn through community service projects rather than through classroom lectures. This year, volunteers will join 17 different community partners in projects that include: recreational park clean-up and restoration, serving meals with local hunger relief organizations, and hands-on learning with elementary school students. An annual  tradition, Call to Action Day reminds volunteers of the university’s core values and hallmarks: providing access to underserved populations and engaging with and serving the community.

 Sign up for a special activity emphasizing NDNU’s community engagement heritage. For a full list of partners and opportunities, please select the catalog button below. 

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Off Campus Programs


Location Time
Creek Cleanup and Invasive Species Removal Twin Pines Park  9 – 11:30am
Padua Dining Room Redwood City 8 – 2pm
Maple Street Shelter Redwood City 9 – 2pm
Treasure Island Sailing Center San Francisco FULL
San Bruno Mountain Brisbane 8- 2pm
Marine Science Institute/ Brownlee Research Vessel Redwood City FULL
Marine Science Institute/ Shoreside Programs Redwood City FULL
Potrero Nuevo Farm Half Moon Bay FULL
Second Harvest Food Bank San Carlos 8:15 – 1pm
Arguello Park San Carlos 8 – 11:30am
Ecumenical Hunger Program East Palo Alto 10 – 3pm
Collective Roots East Palo Alto 10 – 3pm
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco CANCELLED

On Campus Programs 

Graduate Art Therapy Student Association & Family Housing & Adult Resources  |    9:30 – 1pm

FHAR is a non-profit agency serving persons with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to assist each program participant to reach their full potential through our residential, supported living , vocational, and social programs. Our Graduate Art Therapy Student Association (GATSA) has a years-long partnership with FHAR, especially with their home in Belmont a few blocks from campus, Hiller House. Join GATSA and FHAR clients for a morning of creative expression followed by lunch in the Café.

10 participants needed.

Art Therapy Activities with Roosevelt Elementary Students studying Ohlone Culture  |   1 – 3pm

The Freshman Year Seminar sections of Professors Deborah Sharpe and Stephanie Demaree, along with the students of Prof. Gretchen Wehrle’s Community Psychology Class and their Open Book Project, will meet these 53 Redwood City third graders on the Library Lawn for lunch and art activities related to the culture of the indigenous people, the Ohlone, who lived on the San Francisco Peninsula for thousands of years before European settlement.

Perspectives on Altruistic Rescue from Those Whose Lives Were Saved   |   10:30 – 2pm

The Freshman Year Seminar students of Jim McGarry will each interview a guest who is a survivor of one of three genocides (the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia) about the circumstances of their rescue and survival. The mid-morning interview will be followed by a luncheon in St. Joe’s Lounge, which is open to anyone interested in meeting these honored guests. There will be a panel over dessert during which our guests will offer thoughts on the possibility of altruism, based on their experience and reflection. Discussion will follow.

For the luncheon, please RSVP to FYS Coordinator Patti Andrews:

Sign Up To Participate

Registration Closed - Drop-ins ok. For last minute sign-ups, please contact Jim McGarry at