Notre Dame de Namur University Call to Action Day Reaches Out to Meet the Needs in Diverse Communities

Belmont, CA, March 19, 2013 — On Thursday, March 21, the Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) community will team up with local service organizations and neighborhood agencies throughout the Bay Area and East Bay region in celebration of the university’s annual day of service, Call to Action Day. This year’s Call to Action theme is “Youth: from Crisis to Hope.”

More than 300 students, faculty, staff, and alumni will take part in projects at more than two dozen sites ranging from serving meals at hunger relief organizations and neighborhood clean-ups, to teaching inner-city teens the art of fly-fishing and accompanying special needs children from two schools to two different zoos.

“Each spring, the Notre Dame de Namur University community comes together to support this Call to Action event and build upon the great service partnerships that have been created throughout the years,” said NDNU President Dr. Judith Maxwell Greig. “The drive from this one day serves as a catalyst for igniting a passion for the great volunteer work that our school community will perform throughout the year.”

Call to Action Day is also a part of the university’s identity as an institution and its commitment to meet the needs in diverse communities.

“The university strives for excellence in academics and encourages students to be a force for change in the community,” said Jim McGarry, interim director of the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center. “This is accomplished through a variety of community engagement programs that promote learning outside the walls of the classroom and connect students with programs in which they thrive.”

Notre Dame de Namur University is on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in the community.

Interviews and photo/filming opportunities available.

Highlights include:

  • Golden West Women Flyfishers: Underserved students learn fly-casting. From 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Oakland Zoo: NDNU students accompany special needs students to Veldt Habitat. From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Taft Community School: NDNU students mentor kids in math, science, and the need to go to college. From 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Treasure Island Sailing Club: NDNU students escort Belle Air School youth on a sailing excursion on the Bay. From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Glide Foundation: NDNU students prepare and serve meals with the homeless in the Tenderloin. From 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving 2000 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 21 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and 12 graduate degrees and four credentials. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, California, just south of San Francisco.