NDNU Brings Community Activism to the Community with Call to Action Day

Invites local community to participate in annual university tradition

Belmont, Calif., March 21, 2011 — Come and cut class with us! That’s the invitation Notre Dame de Namur University is sending out to surrounding communities in San Mateo County as it readies for its annual Call to Action Day, Thursday March 24. This year, in addition to performing community service projects NDNU students, faculty, staff  and residents of the surrounding community are invited to come on to campus and take part in workshops, discussions and lectures on a wide variety of social justice and sustainability issues that impact the local area.

While nearly 200 students, staff and faculty head out to perform community service at locations from East Palo Alto to the Tenderloin, the rest of the campus community and local residents will have to opportunity to participate in the campus activities, featuring presenters from NDNU, local governmental and social service organizations. There will even see movies throughout the day and into the evening, including Crash, Dead Man Walking, and Milk that address a variety of social justice-related themes.

“Social Justice and community service are at the very core of NDNU’s mission. In years past we’ve expressed that mission by going out into the community and performing community service projects. That is something we will always do; it’s part of our DNA,” said NDNU President Dr. Judith Greig. “However, as the only four year university in San Mateo County we also have an important educational role to play both for our students and for the community at large.  Expanding the nature of Call to Action Day allows us to fill both needs.”

Workshops and panel discussions include:

9 a.m.             Trail Building, led by Kevin Sullivan, Belmont Parks And Recreation Commissioner;
Issues in Gerontology, led by Laura Guluzzy, Senior Center Recreation Coordinator, Belmont;

10:30 a.m.             Editorial Writing, led by Jennifer Aquino, NDNU faculty;
The Nexus Between Open Space and Living Space, led by Jonathan Gervais, Belmont Director of Parks and Recreation;
The History of the Catholic Worker Movement, led by Larry Purcell, Catholic Worker.

1 p.m.             Food Insecurity/ Hunger and Poverty, Brian Greenberg of Shelter Networks, Kris Jensen of Collective Roots, and Melanie Jones of the Ecumenical Hunger Project.

2:30 p.m.              The Spiritual Roots of Activism, Carolyn Buhs, SND, Karen Hackett, RN, Sr. Margaret Hoffman, SND, Sr. Ruth Ella, SND, Sr. Joan Burke, SND, Fr. Thomas Splain, SJ;
Rape Prevention Workshop, led by Marla Lowenthal, consultant.

Off Campus Sites include:

Second Harvest Food Bank
1051 Bing Street, San Carlos, CA 94070
Call to Action Day: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households. NDNU volunteers will sort and bag produce and sort and box donated food.

Collective Roots
1785 Woodland Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Call To Action Day: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Educates and engages youth and communities in food system change through sustainability. NDNU volunteers will plant seeds, prepare garden beds, mulch, weed, and help with spring maintenance.

Ecumenical Hunger Program
2411 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, Ca 94303
Call To Action Day: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Provides emergency food, clothing, case management and household essentials to families in need in South San Mateo County. NDNU volunteers will sort food deliveries and shelve food, pack food boxes for families, clean and organize shelves and clean refrigerators and freezers.

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room
3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Call to Action Day: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Serves meals six days a week and also maintains a clothing distribution center. NDNU volunteers will prepare and serve lunch.

Nesbit Elementary School

500 Biddulph Way
Belmont, CA 94002-2711
Call to Action Day: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NDNU volunteers will assist teachers in a variety of tasks throughout the day.


Various sites
Call to Action Day

City of Belmont Parks and Recreation – Water Dog Lake

Water Dog Lake, Belmont, CA 94002
Saturday, March 26: 8 a.m. –1 p.m.

Trail building.

Habitat for Humanity Build
Grass Valley, CA.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011